January 31, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 PM
In case you were lucky enough to miss the State of Confusion last week, here's the condensed version, presented by The Taxman himself:
On a tip from TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 PM
On a tip from glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:04 PM
Andrew Klavan helps us distinguish between reality and the contrived "culture" imposed on us by the liberal elite establishment:
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:50 PM
Fox News Channel isn't just blowing dope when they call themselves "the most trusted name in news." Public Policy Polling also backs this up.
Our newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News finds Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust. 49% say they trust it to 37% who do not.
CNN does next best at a 39/41 spread, followed by NBC at 35/44, CBS at 32/46, and ABC at 31/46.
The poll cites political polarization in the results, which is to be expected. And, as expected, Fox News is still consistently crushing CNN in viewership (the next closest channel) by 2.5 to 5 times. Trust and viewership numbers like these are not generated simply from knuckle-dragging googley-eyed conservative men preferring to watch the Fox babes.
These results clearly cause disquiet among the celebrities on the other inferior cable news outlets, like MSNBC's David Shuster. In today's lesson from Moonbattery University, the gnomish Prof. Greg Gutfeld explores the issue, with course materials provided by Robot Theater.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:05 AM
On a tip from Smokey.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:49 AM
The Architect pulls aside the curtain on Comrade Obama's bipartisan outreach charade:
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:35 AM
The world already knows that it was completely taken for a ride about the fate of the Himalayan glaciers by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Those glaciers are only headed for a meltdown by 2035 if you believe an off-the-cuff telephone interview by a little-known Indian researcher that had no basis in science to back it up.
Surprise surprise: this was apparently not the only significant piece of non-science-masquerading-as-science reported in that landmark 2007 report by the IPCC, the supposed scientific touchstone of most "serious" scientific discussion and planning by those scientific global warming/climate change scientists. Try a masters student thesis and a mountain-climbing magazine as the latest unimpeachable scientific sources for the IPCC's frontal assault on common sense.
The United Nations' expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain tops on a student's dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.
In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.
However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.
The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.
The East Coast just got nailed with a serious and somewhat unexpected Global Warming Event yesterday. (It is tempting to think that Al Gore might be around.) With temperatures in the DC area staying below 22 degrees for over 36 hours and cold weather projected for a few days, the effects of this massive Gaia blast will be around for awhile. Perhaps those oh-so-trusted sciencey folks at the IPCC, who clearly are interested in objective science and do not have any agenda to promote, could help us with our little problem. Surely they could use their magnificent scientific resources to devise a scientific way to get the side streets clear before the snow starts to melt (due to global warming) later in the week. Clearly there must be more useful ways for the IPCC to justify its existence than insisting on using crappy unscientific data as the foundation of the house of cards that this crappy "settled science" of man-made global warming.
January 30, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:03 PM
First, CBS ticked off the progressive left by letting a pro-life group air a commercial during the SuperBowl that reminds women there are choices other than abortion, and that unexpected babies can grow up to be wonderful human beings. Now, they have really ticked off the progressive left by rejecting a commercial for a homosexual dating service.
The network said its sales department had difficulty verifying the credit of the site to guarantee payment of the estimated $2.5 million cost to air the ad.
"After reviewing the ad - which is entirely commercial in nature - our Standards and Practices department decided not to accept this particular spot," said CBS in a statement. "As always, we are open to working with the client on alternative submissions."
Sources said the network felt the site was using the tried-and-true tactic of generating free publicity by submitting a Super Bowl ad they knew was likely to be rejected and was ultimately unwilling to pay for.
This seems like a valid interpretation. I mean, considering the target audience, wouldn't the Oscar Ceremonies be a better ad buy for this company?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:05 PM
When Obama dissed the Supreme Court in his State of Obfuscation Preach, he famously and incorrectly stated that their decision on Citizens United v. FEC threatened to allow money from foreign corporations to enter our political system. Funny choice of attack, thought I, as I was reminded of the influence that foreign money had on Dear Leader's own election campaign. A wee reminder of how things stood at the end of 2008:
In addition to the $259 million with undisclosed donors, studies of the reports filed with the FEC, by the Obama Campaign, through the 2008 Year End Report, show the following irregularities in their submissions:
• $1.8 million -- Contributions over the $4,600 limit (1,608 contributors)
• $26 million -- Contributions over the $2,300 per campaign limit, reallocated without contributor affirmation.
• $4 million -- Contributors with Foreign Addresses (4,158 contributors)
Details have been submitted to the FEC as complaint MUR6142 and are posted at: http://complaintstofederalelectioncommittee.wordpress.com/
Of course, this was barely noticed by the mainstream state-run media during the run-up to the election, or since. While Obama's campaign had allegedly returned some $89,000 in foreign donations as of July 2009, questions still remain as to what happened to all those other questionable donations. And still, Obama had the audacity to bring up the topic in his SOTU.
The Obama campaign received a substantial amount of money from countries that have an interest in seeing a weak American President: $366,708.22 from China; $25,259.00 from the United Arab Emirates; $7,062.60 from Russia; and $6,716.28 from Saudi Arabia. Obama also took in $6,350.00 from Indonesia; $5,000.00 from Kenya; and $1,750.00 from Egypt.
The FEC alleges that Obama also illegally took donations from Tamil Tiger leaders. The Tamil Tigers are, according to the FBI, the most successful terrorist group in the world. While the Hillary Clinton returned contributions from the Tamil Tigers, Obama kept them.
There are many other questions and mysteries regarding Obama's campaign finances. The Puma P.A.C. blog notes: "Obama spent a record $744 million on his campaign but has disclosed donors for only $485 million of his windfall."
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:50 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:41 AM
In an interview on Israeli television, Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage Tawil Fadiha reveals the ultimate extremist, compared to whom all others are moderates:
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:00 AM
Last summer, PBO and his sycophants repeated over and over again the line that their health care take over would not put the government between people and their doctors. Yesterday, as he met with Republicans and took questions, he conceded that the actual bills gave lie to that promise.
We said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.
Now, he tells us. It only took a year of Republicans and Tea Party Patriots sticking to our guns that wrought that concession out of him; if it had been up to him, a bill containing those very provisions would have been signed into law last August.
Obama and his gang rode into Washington with the idea the Chicago style politics coupled with his Messianic charisma and gigantic majorities in Congress meant they could roll right over the Republicans. However, it turns out some ideas are so powerful that even a weakened minority that embraces them can overcome the steamroller will and superior numbers of the majority. Freedom is such an idea.
Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:31 AM
As reported here yesterday, Theophobe extremists are up in arms about a plan to put Mother Theresa on stamp. (Perhaps because it sort of rubs it in how pathetic a life spent promoting self-centered nihilism is compared to a life helping the poor.) They claim that such a stamp is an offense to our American values, which they claim are atheist, just like the Founding Fathers. And postal regulations make it illegal to put a religious figure on a stamp.
Gee, I wonder why the Theophobes kept their gobs shut about that one. (Not really)
Chairman Zero's Education Kommissarr: "Hurricane Katrina Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to New Orleans"
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:40 AM
Arne Duncan --- the guy who ran Chicago's Public Schools so well that the Obamas made sure their own kids were in private schools --- kind of stepped in it by making the sort of observation that would have gotten him sh-tcanned if it had come from a conservative.
I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and this is a tough thing to say, but let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina.
This is the kind of thing that, even if it may be true, you don't say it like that. Then again, the Obama people think the best thing that could happen to an unexpected child is an abortion, so at least they're being consistent.
Now, if Hurricane Katrina was Bush's fault, and if New Orleans schools are better because of Hurricane Katrina, does that mean Bush gets credit for improving the New Orleans public schools?
PS. Welcome to Caturday.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:52 AM
Chairman Zero packed his Teleprompter down to Tampa to proudly unveil something else the country doesn't need and can't afford. Progressives, out of their mindless infatuation with Europe, are going to have us borrow billions and flush them down the can for: a "high-speed" train that will someday link Orlando and Tampa for some reason. I mean, why the hell are people supposed to leave their cars in Tampa to take a train to Orlando and be stuck there without a car? Doesn't that seem, I don't know, dumb?
Call me Mr. Crankypants, but I would just like to lay out just a few of the ways this is a really stupid scheme.
1. The estimated costs of building the thirteen "high speed" rail systems is in the range of $125 Billion to $200 Billion, and that's before the inevitable public project 'Big Dig' type multipliers double, triple, quadruple or quintuple the cost. So, within a week after "freezing" 11% of Federal spending to "save" $250 Billion, he's out putting at minimum that same amount back on the table and probably 5 times more than that. And those thirteen systems won't even be interconnected. How many billions will it cost to link them up (which progressives will demand inevitably when the initial systems turn into money pits and progressives decide its because they aren't connected).
2. These are not even really high-speed trains in the TGV or Bullet Train sense. They are more like the Acela, which, on average, travels below the speed of a car on the freeway. So, we're going to pay hundreds of billions on a system that will service a limited number of locations at about the speed you could drive to them and a lot slower than you could fly to them. Yeah, that makes sense.
3. High-speed rail networks work best in small, densely populated countries like those in Europe (density >600 peeps per square mile) or Japan (880 peeps per square mile) not the USA where... except for a few coastal corridors, population is only about 70 peeps per square mile. And by the way, ridership on high speed trains in Europe and Japan is declining. The system doesn't even work in countries where it supposedly works.
4. Ongoing subsidies will be required to keep the system operational, even more than the $35 Billion flushed down into Amtrak over the years.
5. Cui bono? Union laborers who will build and run the trains, and politically-connected contractors (Chicago politics) who will win the business. By the way, there's no American company with expertise in building high-speed trains. So, a lot of these hundreds of billions would go to jobs for foreigners.
6. Oh, and don't forget, before any of these get built, environmentalists and community organizers get to sue for several years to fatten the pockets of the litigation lobby.
7. The trains can be destroyed by sheep. What kind of wussy-ass train loses a fight with a sheep, for Set's sake?
Long story short, high-speed rail is not a practical transportation solution, nor is it even a jobs program. It's progressives taking out massive debt because they want to be like Europe, and because they see humans as masses, not as individuals who should be treated like individuals.
I bow to Angry Fletch. His video stinger is more on the nose than mine.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:04 AM
The Obama administration moved vigorously on two fronts Friday to promote nuclear power, proposing a tripling of federal loan guarantees for new projects and appointing a high-level commission to study what to do with nuclear waste.
First of all, we had a solution to nuclear waste. It was called Yucca Mountain. Engineers and scientists spent decades developing it as the safest possible repository for nuclear waste. Obama and Harry Reid killed it within weeks of taking power.
Second, while he offers loan guarantees to the nuclear industry, he has stacked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with anti-nuclear activists.
He has replaced Bush's NRC Chairman (a strong pro-nuclear guy) with a former Harry Reid anti-nuclear Senate staffer. He has also left two (of the five Commission positions) vacant.
Basically, this "push" for nuclear power is just a ruse to try and get cap and trade passed. Democrats are far to beholden to the Luddite environmental left to seriously support nuclear power. The only place Obama really supports nuclear power is Iran.
January 29, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:26 PM
Apparently, mad, drunk and stupid is a viable way to go through life, son. In the last two years, Speaker of the House Granny Rictus Botox has spent an average of a thousand dollars a week on booze; and taxpayers have picked up the tab.
Democrat policy decisions suddenly make a whole lot more sense, now, don't they?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:02 PM
James O'Keefe has released a statement regarding that little incident involving Senator Mary Landrieu's office and alleged wiretapping. According to O'Keefe, it was all a bit of a misunderstanding.
The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu's office. Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines. Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.
I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu's constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn't want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill. When asked about this, Senator Landrieu's explanation was that, "Our lines have been jammed for weeks." I decided to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for "weeks" because her phones were broken. In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieu's district office - the people's office - to ask the staff if their phones were working.
O'Keefe takes a few swipes at the media reporting of the incident:
We video taped the entire visit, the government has those tapes, and I'm eager for them to be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much of the mainstream media.
It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story. MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent "gag order." The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I "broke in" to an office which is open to the public. The Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me. And these are just a few examples of inaccurate and false reporting.
Touche? Time, and hopefully, objective facts, will tell. It's not entirely clear that, even with this explanation, O'Keefe and his collaborators are off the hook.
Even accepting O'Keefe's explanation, his team still appears to have broken the law by gaining admission to a federal office under false pretenses and attempting to access the phone system, possibly with "willful and malicious" intent to interfere with it. Be sure to read Allahpundit's analysis of the law and how it applies to this situation.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:13 PM
An article in the New York Waste of Times proudly informs us that not only are at least 50% of partnered homosexuals in "open" relationships, they think that's a great model for heterosexuals to emulate, too.
That transparency can make relationships stronger, said Joe Quirk, author of the best-selling relationship book It's Not You, It's Biology "The combination of freedom and mutual understanding can foster a unique level of trust," Mr. Quirk, of Oakland, said. "The traditional American marriage is in crisis, and we need insight," he said, citing the fresh perspective gay couples bring to matrimony. "If innovation in marriage is going to occur, it will be spearheaded by homosexual marriages."
Gee, I thought homosexual marriage activists always said they weren't out to change the traditional meaning of marriage, they just wanted "equality." Well, I guess that was a load of bullsh-t.
Good thing I never believed them in the first place.
You know what else I've noticed? A conspicuous absence in the MSM of jokes about John Edwards's boorish infidelity to his cancer-stricken wife. When Mark Sanford was revealed to have an Argentinian mistress, the jokes about "hiking the Appalachian Trail" flew fast and furious. But here we have a buffoon who knocked up a woman he hired as a campaign aide and then lied about for a year, and the late-night comedians... just can't bring themselves to joke about it. This is a fifty-something guy who railed at a twenty-something campaign associate, "Why didn't you come to me like a f--king man and tell me to stop f--king her?" and that's less tragically hilarious than hiking the Appalachian trail?
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM
A recent fad among the liberal bureaucrats who thoughtfully aspire to save us from ourselves is the soda tax, intended to discourage us from packing on unhealthy pounds by drinking too much Coke. Or is it only intended to provide our rulers with yet another excuse to boss us around and steal our money? Here's a clue — when the New England Journal of Medicine attempted to follow The Lancet off the cliff into left-wing advocacy by publishing a call for soda tax, reader response was overwhelmingly negative. A few examples:
Dr. Michael G. Kaplan of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn:
Before assigning blame for the obesity epidemic, we should have clinical evidence that an intervention to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is effective in achieving this goal, is either more effective or additive to the effect of other proven dietary therapies, and will reduce the long-term propensity for obesity.
Dr. Michael Keane of Casey Hospital in Australia:
In attempting to restrict peoples' liberty, the onus is on the authors to convincingly show that the vast majority of the population has no concept that consuming junk food (including soda) in excess has the potential for adverse health effects. Yet, their article includes data showing that a majority of people support a tax on health grounds, which undermines the argument that some sort of market failure has made it impossible for consumers to be aware of the dangers of drinking too much soda.
Dr. Michael J. Rinaldi of the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute:
If soda is taxed, should this tax also be applied to all "fast food," confections, or portion size? Why limit it to food? Should we not tax all behaviors linked to health care expenditures? Why not deter gun and motorcycle ownership or sedentary lifestyle through taxation?
Please, Dr. Rinaldi, don't give them any ideas.
Science doesn't concur with bureauweenies that cracking down on soda would save the world from an epidemic of morbid obesity:
• A British study of 644 kids between the ages of 7 and 11 found that the ones who drank fewer carbonated beverages had lower BMIs [body mass indexes] after one year compared with kids who didn't. But the difference in BMI wasn't statistically significant. That means the difference could easily be explained by random chance. This study did find that kids who drank fewer sodas were slightly less likely to become obese.
• A Brazilian study of 1,140 9- to 12-year-olds found that a program to discourage kids from drinking sugary drinks had no effect on overall BMIs. The only group with a statistically significant benefit was overweight girls.
• A Boston study of 103 high schoolers found that those who consumed diet drinks for 25 weeks didn't lose weight compared with kids who drank regular soda, though there was a statistically significant difference for the one-third of kids with the highest BMIs.
• A Chilean study of 98 overweight children found that those who drank milk instead of sugary beverages didn't have a statistically significant reduction in body fat, though there was a bona fide increase in lean mass.
But there are only two points to the soda tax, now endorsed by the quintessential nanny state totalitarian, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg: to raise revenues for Big Government, and to encroach upon every last detail of our private lives. Whether significant weight loss were to occur wouldn't be any of the government's business anyway.
On a tip from Dave P.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:41 AM
In case anyone didn't realize that under Chairman Zero, this is no longer the America that put men on the moon:
On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions … the forthcoming budget will include no funding for lunar landers, no moon bases, and no Constellation program at all. Instead, NASA will outsource space flight to other governments (such as the Russians) and private companies.
So, if we've abandoned space exploration in favor of social justice — i.e., spreading the wealth around to Comrade Obama's cronies and supporters — what do we even need NASA for?
…the White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change…
We are capable of so much more.
On a tip from Steve T.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:07 AM
Mother Teresa was probably literally a saint. Even the evil vermin with which our president surrounds himself have been known to give her public props to balance out their devotion to demonic figures like Chairman Mao. If there is one person in recent history no one could object to, it's her.
An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring "individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings."
Will moonbat bullies stop at nothing to expunge all traces of Christianity from our society — the backbone of which has been Christianity for the last 2,000 years? Apparently not:
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the word about what it calls the "darker side" of Mother Teresa.
The Darker Side of Mother Teresa. Throw in some whips and lesbianism and you've got a great concept for a Showtime miniseries.
FRF wants people to buy Katharine Hepburn stamps instead, because Hepburn was a proponent of their own religion, atheism.
On a tip from Chad.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM
Now we have a consensus:
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called in a new audiotape for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.
In the tape, aired in part on Al-Jazeera television Friday, bin Laden warns of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring "the wheels of the American economy" to a halt.
What a coincidence: everyone who wants to destroy America just happens to believe we have to cripple the American economy to save the planet from an imaginary crisis. At least Osama bin Laden is festering in a cave somewhere, and not in the White House.
On tips from Byron and Mike G.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
Law-abiding citizens have enough goofy gadgets. What society needs is a greater concern for criminals. Some become lonely behind bars and feel the need to communicate. That's where P:log comes in:
No doubt this would be particularly useful for the Muslim terrorists our rulers want to treat as normal criminals, so that they won't have to count on liberal lawyers like Lynne Stewart to pass orders for new attacks along to subordinates.
On a tip from Air2air.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:04 AM
Chairman Zero is considering a plan to buy off the Taliban with a billion dollar bribe. Who does he think they are, Mary Landrieu and Bill Nelson?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:52 AM
The Roman Catholic Church Catholic Charities has begun a program to supply druggies with clean needles. The church insists that "saving lives" preempts any moral concerns. Are these the same people who still refuse to pass out condoms?
BTW, Good Morning Conservative Patriots and Lefties Willing to Burn the Country Down Just to Show Us The Light,
Also, whoever went to the blog-that-hates-my-guts and posted the racial comment, you're not helping my case!. I'll thank you not to do that again.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:00 AM
Adapted from Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America:
I'd been asked to write a letter for a "time capsule" which would be opened 100 years from now.
Oh I wrote of the problems we face here in 1976 -- The choice we face between continuing the policies of the last 40 years that have led to bigger and bigger government, less and less liberty, redistribution of earnings through confiscatory taxation or trying to get back on the original course set for us by the Founding Fathers. Will we choose fiscal responsibility, limited government, and freedom of choice for all our people? Or will we let an irresponsible Congress set us on the road our English cousins have already taken? The road to economic ruin and state control of our very lives?
If we here today meet the challenge confronting us, those who open the time capsule 100 years from now will do so in [a nation of] beauty, peace, prosperity and the ultimate in personal freedom.
If we don't keep our rendezvous with destiny, the letter probably will never be read -- because they will live in the world we left them, a world in which no one is allowed to read of individual liberty or freedom of choice.
September 1, 1976
January 28, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:20 PM
The MSM and the Obama Apologists would have you believe that the "Spending Freeze" Obama announced (and which was rightly snickered at in the SOTU) was at least a baby-step in the direction of fiscal responsibility and lean government. What they don't tell you is that the "freeze," even if enacted, represents a massive increase in spending from the Bush years.
- Department of Energy: $27 Billion under Bush, $65 billion under the Obama "freeze".
- Environmental Protection Agency: $7.8 billion budget under Bush, $17.7 billion under the Obama "freeze".
- Department of Education: $46.2 billion under Bush. $127.8 billion under the Obama freeze.
Obama is only planning on "freezing" budgets at levels he has already bloated out. And, by the way, only about 11% of Federal spending is affected. The other 89% percent can explode as much as he and his majority want it to. And he is still pushing the multi-trillion dollar health care bill, another stimulus in the range of $150 to $200 billion, and new programs to subsidize student loans, day care, and elder care.
To really eliminate the deficit, spending should be frozen at FY2007 levels for 10 years. Now, were we suffering from a serious shortage of Government in 2007? I think you would have to argue.... no.I mean, the FY2007 budget was the last one written by Bush and a Republican Congress, and as I recall, the Democrats throughout 2006 were attacking Bush for spending too much. So, we can assume this last budget was plenty big. Returning to FY2007 levels would force agencies to make hard choices. Also, entitlements would have to be cut, but at least the sacrifice would be shared and equitable.
That's my solution. Got a better one?
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:40 PM
After expansion of the State, nothing is more sacred to moonbats than the murder of inconvenient children. That's why the liberal media will gladly leap across the line from shameless bias into blatant lying to promote abortion and belittle its opponents. The 2010 March for Life in DC provides a lesson in what passes for journalism among the progressive establishment:
Via Thine Eyes, on a tip from glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:51 PM
Comrade Obama and Steve Urkel:
Compliments of RMartin.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:25 PM
From the "You Have Got to be Effing Kidding Me" File:
The (Securities and Exchange Commission), in a 3 to 2 vote, decided to require that companies disclose in their public filings the impact of climate change on their businesses -- from new regulations or legislation they may face domestically or abroad to potential changes in economic trends or physical risks to a company.
As Dennis the Peasant points out, these are the same SEC morons who sat back and did nothing while Bernie Madoff scammed people for billions, and now they are participating on the side of the Global Warming scam. Bernie Madoff is looking at Al Gore and the rest of the charlatans right now and going, "Climate Change! Why didn't I think of that?"
I have to wonder, does this also make companies that don't accurately predict the weather open to shareholder lawsuits? That would be a boon for the litigation industry, and therefore a disaster for everybody else.
OTOH, investors probably should be fairly warned about impending Climate Change regulations before their companies are bankrupted by them.
Time to play the clip again.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:38 PM
From The Heritage Foundation, on a tip from Ken M.
Senate Democrats needed all the 60 votes at their disposal Thursday to muscle through legislation allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt.
Democratic leaders were able to prevail on the politically volatile 60-39 vote only because Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts has yet to be seated. Republicans had insisted on a 60-vote, super-majority threshhold to pass the measure. …
The measure would put the government on track for a national debt of $14.3 trillion — about $45,000 for every American…
The massive increase in the debt limit would allow majority Democrats to avoid another vote until after the midterm elections this fall. New estimates released by the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday show that the U.S. this year could run a deficit matching last year's record $1.4 trillion shortfall. …
The current $12.4 trillion debt ceiling is expected to be reached in mid-February.
These numbers are too huge to be comprehended — much less sustained. The scum controlling the federal government is quite literally destroying our country.
On a tip from Ghost of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM
Finally, Jews are beginning to think better of the reflexive support many of them offer to a party that is hostile to their interests both at home and abroad.
Barack Obama started his presidency with an astounding 83% approval rating among American Jews. Nine months later, that support had dropped to 64%, and he ended 2009 with a dismal 48% approval rating. The president is clearly no longer on the same page.
[Jewish conservative Norman] Podhoretz recently delivered a stinging rebuke to the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman specifically (and the left generally) for sabotaging American Jewish interests. He set the record straight: "Our interests and our ideals, both as Americans and as Jews, have come in recent decades to be better served by the forces of the right."
Podhoretz not only argues that anti-Semitism has been banished from the right over the past 40 years but points to a long history of ADF "seeing an anti-Semite under every conservative bed" while remaining blind to the reality that "anti-Semitism has found a hospitable new home on the left, especially where Israel is concerned."
This could be why Hamas heartily endorsed Chairman Zero, going so far as to run phone banks from Gaza (they were of course rewarded with our money after the election) — and why the Moonbat Messiah's popularity in Israel is in the basement. Closer to home, Dems reflexively side with rabidly anti-Semitic blacks like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan — the guy who actually called Obama the Messiah. In economic terms, Jews tend not to benefit from the Dems' increasingly alarming eat the rich attitude, especially as their notion of "the rich" comes to include ever more of the middle class.
Self-hatred among left-wing Jews goes back at least to Karl Marx, explaining why Jewish support for the Dems hasn't fallen even faster. But Podhoretz isn't the only Jew to make a name for himself among conservatives. Just among conservative radio hosts there are Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and probably more. There are enough Jewish conservatives now that moonbats use the term "Neocon" as a slur against Jews.
Dems have the black vote sewn up for now, having bought it with race-based privileges and wealth redistribution. The Jewish vote is another matter.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:22 AM
In this free online Moonbattery University course, we explore the phenomenon of Liberal Racism, as exemplified by one of its most prominent practitioners of late, Chris Matthews:
That is to say: For an hour, Mr. Matthews forgot about RACE. The logical conclusion is that he thought about RACE for the other 23 hours of Wednesday January 27th, and 24 hours a day every other day. He looks at President Obama and apparently, the first thing he says to himself is "Hey, that's a black man."
Class assignment: Two questions.
1) How is it that Matthews is NOT revealed by this as being profoundly racist?
2) Why will Matthews get a pass on this, whereas if Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity said this, the indignant roar from the left and the state-run MSM would be deafening, with calls for their heads?
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:59 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:45 AM
Recently, I have seen in a few places the assertion that the progressive left never, ever treated Obama as any kind of messianic figure; that the vast right-wing conspiracy made up the whole thing. The progressive left never treated Obama as anything other than a gifted politician who could carry the agenda forward, and the right made up the Obamessiah meme out of pure racism and hate.
Unfortunately for lefties trying to sell this historical revisionism, a blog has been tracking the left's messianic treatment of Obama throughout the campaign and the first year of the administration. Here are some highlights... by no means comprehensive, but certainly enough to blow the talking point out of the water and scatter its debris across the Bikini Atoll.
Moonbat Mark Morford: Obama is a mystical lightworker:
Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve.
Chicago Sun-Times: "We just like to say his name. (Obama) We are considering taking it as a mantra."
World magazine: Obama offers "Messianic Hope"
ABC News: Attending an Obama Rally is like a "pilgrimage"
Those faces. It was raw, naked, complete, worship, love, heart-whole passionate stunned and almost unbelieving but desperately wanting to believe him adoration.
Jesse Jackson Jr: The Bible should be amended to include a chapter on Obama
Chris Matthews (holding a Time Magazine cover of Obama): "This is the New Testament"
Chicago Tribune: Obama is a Christlike figure to many Christians
Newsweek editior Evan Meacham: "Obama is sort of God"
Danish newspaper: Obama > Jesus
Ecstatic, worshipful college student Julio Osegueda praises Obama, asks for a blessing:
Obama: America's Prayer
Children forced by liberals to sing hymn to Obama
More creepy children forced by liberals to sing a hymn to Obama
11 More videos of liberals making children sing praise to Obama
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:25 AM
The mysterious Obamunist astroturfer Ellie Light has been identified. Here's a photo:
Just kidding! The real Ellie Light isn't as easy to take seriously:
A male health-care worker who appears to be Ellie Light — the letter writer whose name appeared in dozens of newspapers nationwide praising President Obama — also is a diarist for the far-left Daily Kos website and an online friend of an individual tied to a radical pro-Obama group associated with William Ayers' Weathermen terrorist organization.
Winston Steward, 51, of Frazier Park, Calif., told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer he made up the name "Ellie Light" to protect himself from criticism and possible physical attacks from "conservatives." He said he used fake addresses across the country to get local newspapers to publish his letters.
What conservative would be enough of a pussy to attack Winston? It would be like punching a lapdog.
Wait… Winston might not be a phony, but an imitation phony:
Steward is one of several individuals who claimed to be Ellie Light. Earlier, a woman in Texas named Barbara Brooks claimed she was Ellie Light. Brooks later claimed she is married to Steward, who lives in their other home in California. Steward claimed he is not married to Brooks.
"He's making up all kinds of garbage," Brooks retorted. "We're not divorced. We're not separated. He just doesn't want anybody to trace him because he's afraid of the right-wing crazies up in Bakersfield."
If there's anything more amusing than watching Obamunists snap at each other as their dime store messiah stumbles and falls, it's listening to them denounce patriots as "crazies."
On tips from TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM
While those Dems who managed to remain conscious during the Moonbat Messiah's State of Confusion blabathon clapped and simpered, here's what's going on behind the scenes of their disintegrating party:
The anger is most palpable in the House, where Pelosi and her allies believe Obama's reluctance to stake his political capital on health care reform in mid-2009 contributed to the near collapse of negotiations now.
But sources say there are also signs of strain between Reid and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and relations between Democrats in the House and Democrats in the Senate are hovering between thinly veiled disdain and outright hostility.
In a display of contempt unfathomable in the feel-good days after Obama's Inauguration, freshman Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) stood up at a meeting with Pelosi last week to declare: "Reid is done; he's going to lose" in November, according to three people who were in the room.
Titus denied Tuesday evening that she had singled out Reid, but she acknowledged that she said Democrats would be "f---ed" if they failed to heed the lessons of Massachusetts, where Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat last week.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), a Pelosi ally, took his shots at the Senate on Fox radio Tuesday, describing the Senate as the "House of Lords" and accusing senators of failing to "understand that those of us that go out there every two years stay in touch with the American people."
On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters the legislative process in the Senate is "broken" — prompting Reid to later quip: "I could give you a few comments on how I feel about the House."
Politico quotes "a Democratic insider close to the House leaders":
[T]he White House political operation is a disaster. Everybody, including the White House, is acknowledging that.
As for Chairman Zero's pathologically egotistical assertion that Dems will avoid 1994-style retaliation from outraged voters because "the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me," Blue Dog Marion Berry says,
We're going to see how much difference that makes now.
If Berry thought it would make any positive difference, he probably wouldn't be retiring.
Thanks for the laughs, Dems. But no thanks for the massive wreckage we'll have to clean up — not to mention the runaway entitlements that will somehow need to be dismantled if we're to save the country from bankruptcy.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:39 AM
Now that Obama's State of Obfuscation Preach is in the can, you will no doubt want to get that bad taste out of your head. Nothing could be more infuriating than hearing Dear Leader proclaim in his SOTU that he's going to double down on stoopid. OK, there IS something more infuriating: witnessing elected Democrats and progressive RINO Republicans shred our sacred Constitution daily, as they have been doing for over a century.
There is a cure for your disquiet. On Saturday, January 30th, join Hillsdale College's free webcast of a special Constitution Town Hall Meeting: "Reviving the Constitution." Here's the agenda and list of speakers. Sign up -- even if you can't view it all live, the webcast will be available for viewing on-demand after the event.
While you're checking out Hillsdale's website, don't miss their podcasts for Imprimis, their free magazine rich in conservative insight from notable politicians and pundits. All of the above will be refreshing means of recharging one's soul after hearing The Obamanator once again lie about and apologize for our nation.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:41 AM
Sondra K's Knowledge Is Power blog is always full of yummy, crunchy chocolaty goodness. She's also a stand-up dame who regularly does good stuff for the troops. Here's a few things she's posted in the last day that are totally Morning Brief worthy.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
Chairman's Zero's clean and articulate speech last night got MSDNC host Chris Matthews so tingly that he forgot that Obama was black.
Maybe someday, Chris Matthew will say something so clever I'll forget for a moment that he's a complete jackass.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:05 AM
VH, TMH and I talked about liveblogging the SOTU, but only MaryHunter had the stomach for it. So, we decided to take a pass. I spent most of the SOTU chatting with an old friend on Facebook and cataloging my vast collection of midget pron by age, race, gender and physical handicap. I did follow another blog's liveblog and so can sum up Chairman Zero's speech in one haiku:
Everybody's fault but mine
I'm just that awesome
The Republicans have had absolutely no power in Government since Al "ACORN" Franken gave the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but, absurdly, Obama is still claiming that Republican "rejectionists" have halted his agenda and caused all of our country's problems.
But the most absurd line had to be this one:
I've called for a bipartisan, Fiscal Commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can't be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem.
The guy who invented "jobs created or saved" and the spending freeze that doesn't freeze any actual spending is simpering about "Washington gimmicks?" What's next, a lecture on marital fidelity from John Edwards?
BTW, the amen corner at the blog that hates my guts loved the speech, and singled out "the way he chastised SCROTUS" for special praise. C'mon guys. "SCROTUS." That's pretty juvenile for a bunch of people who think they're better than me.
January 27, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:02 PM
Justice Samuel Alito mouths "not true" as Obama, in his State of the Union Undress, criticizes the Supreme Court for opening the floodgates to special interests into elections, through their recent slapdown of McCain-Feingold? You be the judge:
You go, Sam. Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin points out the chuckles over the "spending freeze" plan not starting until "next year" among other things.
Yes, a State of Obfuscation Preach to remember.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:30 PM
…and if only the people behind him weren't comparably awful.
On a tip from TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:00 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:00 PM
For many, Obama's SOTU speech tonight will be a cheerleading fest for Dear Leader Koolaid drinkers still longing for the Hopeychange, their cranial nanobots functioning at full nanospeed. For others, it will be The One's State of Confusion speech, most useful if approached as a drinking game. For still others, it will be an opportunity to catch up on other DVR'd shows from the week they've missed, or a Wednesday night MMA competition.
Whatever it ends up being for you -- if even just a glance at the morning blogs and newspapers Thursday -- know this: Americans won't hear anything about the real state of our nation tonight.
Forget the prepared remarks and all the spin about the speech and concentrate on what isn't mentioned. That will tell you the true "State of the Union" for the overwhelming majority of citizens.
In truth, in times like these, no president would give a speech that reflected what was truly on our minds. Presidents don't do fear and depression. They're not about anxiety and worry. They may acknowledge such but to get at the root causes of why we feel the way we do at this moment in history is just not done. No one wants to hear how bad things are nor are the people anxious to be told that even worse times may be on the horizon. Cassandras are invariably tuned out while Pollyannas are embraced.
Perhaps a better name for this performance will be the State of Obfuscation Preach.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:25 PM
As the rest of the world, even back home in Indonesia, figures out that Barry Soetoro is a mega-hyped cipher, at least he'll always have his own love.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Conan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:26 PM
Rats have already begun to abandon the sinking ship. What will Chairman Zero do if the TOTUS bails out?
Compliments of Jim Lavery.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:29 PM
I heard a blathering idiot liberal caller on the radio today whose argument in favor of ObamaCare consisted of whining, "After the sick people are gone, who are they going to come after next?" repeatedly to the incredulous host.
In that spirit, Hot Air notices a marked change in Dingy Harry's tone over the last month.
Dec. 21, 2009:
"All over America, people are dying too soon. More and more, Americans who come down with the flu, or develop diabetes, or suffer a stroke are dying far earlier than modern science says they should die. More and more, Americans who contract skin cancer or have a heart condition are dying rather than being cured. ... But what is really killing more and more Americans every day are complications of our health care system."
That was when Dingy Harry was pushing the Senate to rush rush rush and pass a bill they had never even read.
January 26, 2010:
"We're not on health care now," Mr. Reid said. "We've talked a lot about it in the past."
He added, "There is no rush."
So, does he not care any more that thousands of Americans are dying because of our horrible health care system? Or was that just a big fat lie in the first place?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:20 PM
Even the all-consuming celebration of earth-awareness that is Groundhog Day isn't free from the ravages of the radical eco-moonbat fringe.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it's unfair to keep the animal in captivity and subject him to the huge crowds and bright lights that accompany tens of thousands of revelers each Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, a tiny borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. PETA is suggesting the use of an animatronic model.
I don't know about this. Ever since The Terminator, I just don't trust robots. Perhaps this is really part of an evil, anti-human plot. Instead, maybe the PETA nuts could put their money where their mouths are and offer up a human
sacrifice volunteer instead. Since eco-terrorist moonbats would abort a human baby before they would offend a large, burrowing vermin, it seems a fair exchange.
On a tip from Ghost of Mary Jo Kopechne
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:53 AM
It looks like Long Island's liberal tabloid Newsday will be needing a bailout from Comrade Obama, if its online subscription plan is any indication:
In late October, Newsday … put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?
So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?
The answer: 35 people.
The redesign and relaunch cost $4 million. From their 35 subscribers, the Newsday folks have grossed around $9,000.
Traffic has entered a freefall, and will inevitably drag down advertising revenue with it. Even before this debacle, the paper lost $7 million in the first three quarters of last year. At least Newsday's prospects aren't any worse than the liberal weekly Newsweek's.
The way finances are managed, it's almost as if the mainstream media has already been absorbed by the government.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM
Among the most preposterous excuses I heard from people so slavishly devoted to moonbattery as to vote for Comrade Obama was the guffaw-inducing claim that this clearly unqualified left-wing extremist would somehow "unite" our center-right country. Unfolding history provides a rebuttal:
The Gallup Poll people delivered an interesting report [Monday]: President Obama was the most polarizing first-year president in history.
The average difference in Obama's approval ratings between Democrats and Republicans turned out to be 65 percent — the highest first-year gap of any president so measured.
Dems are so heavily invested in this catastrophic farce that 88% of them still support Obama, even as he brings our country crashing down around us. Still more amazingly, a staggering 23% of Republicans approve of the mess he's made, possibly an indication of gratitude for his having consigned the Demonrat Party to the political wilderness for the foreseeable future.
Look for this gigantic 65-point gap to shrink as his fifth-column terror and economic policies come to fruition, and the Moonbat Messiah's approval inevitably dives toward zero on both sides of the cultural divide.
On a tip from TED.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:40 AM
Imagine, for some ungodly reason, you're sitting in an audience watching Bill O'Reilly (cough … blowhard … cough) give a talk. And imagine Bill O begins bloviating about what advice he would give to President Zero. And imagine you heard him say this:
You've got to kidnap Pelosi and Reid. Don't hurt them. Don't hurt them, OK? But take them to an undisclosed location. No water-boarding. Well, maybe with Nancy. So that's what I would do, I'd kidnap Reid and Pelosi.
Would you interpret this as:
A. A joke.
B. "A danger to the safety of elected leaders in this country."
Bill O'Reilly is, at heart, a danger to the safety of elected leaders in this country. Ha ha ha, how funny it is to joke about kidnapping the Speaker of the House and water- boarding her. He says it because he wants somebody to do it. When I call him on it, I don't care if fewer people watch this show as a result. This man is dangerous year in, year out. He was dangerous to George Tiller. He is dangerous to Nancy Pelosi. And if you want to live in a country where people like Bill O'Reilly can encourage hatred and violence, just pretend this is a phony showbiz feud. It isn't.
In your mind, KO, I am sure it isn't.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:34 AM
Generations of terrorism and willful uselessness have deeply endeared Palestinians to progressives; consequently, they can do no wrong according to our liberal elite ruling class. If they beat their wives, it could only be because Israelis made them do it. Just ask the liberal establishmentarians at The Lancet. Chesler Chronicles reports on a newly published article entitled "Association Between Exposure to Political Violence and Intimate-Partner Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A Cross-Sectional Study," which affirms that the Israeli "occupation" causes Arab domestic abuse.
The politically correct rubbish that passes for scientific research these days is not motivated by moonbattery alone. The study was funded in part by the Palestinian National Authority.
Statistics were helpfully provided by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
Despite their stated "feminist" perspective, the authors expressed no interest in how the terror war against Israel might affect violence against Israeli women, nor did they indicate awareness that barbaric treatment of women is the signature of Muslim culture throughout the world, even where there are no Jews around to blame.
The moral corrosion known as moonbattery has reduced everything else it has touched to demented trash, whether it be art or literature or entertainment. Why should scientific research be any different?
On a tip from Ghost of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:12 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM
Evidence accrues that our moonbat rulers are so out of touch because they live in a different reality. According to former Obama economics advisor Robert Reich — the left-wing garden gnome who has expressed his opposition to white males being able to get construction jobs — Fox News led the Republican charge to take Congress from the Demonrats in 1994.
In December 1994, Bill Clinton proposed a so-called middle-class bill of rights including more tax credits for families with children, expanded retirement accounts, and tax-deductible college tuition. Clinton had lost his battle for healthcare reform. Even worse, by that time the Dems had lost the House and Senate. Washington was riding a huge anti-incumbent wave. Right-wing populists were the ascendancy, with Newt Gingrich and Fox News leading the charge. Bill Clinton thought it desperately important to assure Americans he was on their side.
This means that in whatever funhouse serves Reich as reality, there was such a thing as Fox News in 1994. Back on Earth, Fox News first appeared in October 1996.
However he postures and pretends that the liberal elite–welfare class alliance he personifies isn't hostile to the middle class, it is unlikely that Comrade Obama will convince many awakening normal Americans that he's on their side. But at least his supporters will have slightly more credibility when they blame Fox News — now that it actually exists.
Hat tip: Big Journalism, on a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:35 AM
It's good to see that Dear Leader has got his bases covered.
On a tip from funkendunkel.
To quote Rich Lowry: "And people made fun of Reagan because of his notecards!"
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:06 AM
In order to make sure he closes down Club Gitmo, the Zero Administration is in negotiations to open a terrorist rehabilitation center in Yemen. Sure, that should work. I mean that makes as much sense as letting Amy Winehouse run a drug rehab center in Tijuana, or having the governor with the worst unemployment rate in the country as an economic adviser.
Saudi Arabia already has these terrorist rehabilitation centers, where they undergo "art therapy" to turn them away from global jihad, Wild-eyed young jihadists enter as terrorists bent on murdering westerners and leave as wild-eyed jihadist terrorists with a fondness for macrame bent on murdering westerners.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:15 AM
From Airstrip One, where Political Correctness has a run amok to a degree progressives can still only dream about in this country, a woman placing a help-wanted ad ran into trouble with the Thought Police because it specified it wanted someone "reliable and hard-working." But the local Job Center refused the ad because it was discriminatory against unreliable people.
Hat tip: Sondra K
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:58 AM
The National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority are demanding that CBS not run a Pro-Life ad during the SuperBowl featuring avowed, out-of-the-closet Christian Tim Tebow. If those groups really support "choice" as opposed to abortion, then why don't they want people to be aware of the other choices that are out there?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:47 AM
In the spirit of certain anonymous commenters who hide behind Tor because they are afraid if their whereabouts are revealed, the black helicopters from Halliburton will snatch them away in the night... it turns out the real Ellie Light is a bed-wetting nutroots pussy-boy named Winston Steward who hid behind his wife's name because he was afraid "right-wing crazies" were out to get him.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:40 AM
CNN is either going to have to change it's slogan or open itself up to false advertising lawsuits. According to a Public Policy Polling survey, FoxNews... by a large margin... is the most trusted news source to most Americans. This has got to be infuriating to certain deranged babbling idiots who pepper their discussions with not-clever reference to "FixedNews" and "FauxNews."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:10 AM
Good Morning Right Wing Conservatives and Silly, Silly, Silly Left Wingers
Hey, Good News, Obama isn't a far left Marxist after all. Newsweek's Jon Meacham says Obama is a "centrist." Also, Tiger Woods is a "family man." Amy Winehouse is a "social drinker." And the tranny couple from last night is a "normal family."
How would you characterize an administration as centrist that:
- Has nationalized two car companies, several banks, and regular engages in heated class warfare against capitalism.
- Has pushed to eliminate what's left of the free market in health care and replace it with a Washington-based autocracy.
- Has supported a communist dictator in Honduras, siding with communist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela against Honduras's constitutional democracy.
- Has filled his chief advisory positions with radical communists (Van Jones), admirers of Mao (Anita Dunn), and other far left radicals (Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Mark Lloyd).
- Has a cabinet and advisors only 7% of whom have experience in the private sector.
- Has gutted the military of key weapons programs, including combat search and rescue helicopters that save wounded troops from behind enemy lines.
- Has exploded domestic spending and deficits.
- Has a Justice Department that gives a free pass to Black Panthers to intimidate voters.
- Thinks foreign terrorists should have Constitutional Rights, but American companies shouldn't.
When a leftist calls Obama a "centrist," what they really mean is , "he's not as radical left as I am."
January 26, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:03 PM
This ought to warm the frozen cinder that serves Chucky Schmucky Schumer for a heart — Americans sign a petition to repeal the First Amendment:
If Penn & Teller could get them to sign a petition banning H2O, why not?
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:24 PM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:57 PM
Former Democrat VP Candidate John "The Breck Girl" Edwards famously railed against greedy capitalists too selfish to provide health care coverage to all Americans.
"Who are you willing to leave behind ...Which family? Which child?" Edwards once said.
Well, it seems Edwards ... a multi-millionaire thanks to junk science lawsuits that put baby doctors out of business... was a typical progressive who didn't exactly practice what he preached. The love-child he fathered with a campaign aide (while his wife was battling cancer) has no insurance. And the child's mother had to beg Tort Millionaire Edwards to pay $5,000 for dental care.
Hat Tip: Ace
Yeah, so what if it's in the Enquirer? They were right about the affair, while the MSM were covering it up.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:32 PM
They were born females. Then, they decided to chemically and surgically mutilate their God-given bodies into crude facsimiles of male bodies. Also, they got really fat at some point. Now, they live together as gay "men" and... oh, yeah... one of them is pregnant.
Jerry Springer, what have you done to my country?
Hat Tip: B. Daniel Blatt.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:23 PM
The memo encourages Democratic candidates to compel their opponents to answer a series of questions on issues that have helped boost the tea party movement and reveal cracks in GOP unity, including health care, taxes and President Obama's citizenship and ideology.
Among the questions Democrats should ask Republican candidates:
"Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?"
If a Republican answers no to any of the questions, the memo advises Democrats to "make their primary opponent or conservative activists know it."
That's right, the Demonrats are basing their 2010 strategy on the comment sections of DU and Kos. And they are so stupid, they honestly think the majority of tea party and independent voters care more about PBO's birth certificate than they do about Brobdingnagian Deficits, Out of Control Spending, and economic policies hostile to the employment and growth.
It's unsurprising that Demonrats would choose this strategy, given the way it fits in with the strategy they have used so far to defend their agenda to the American people:
Critic: This health care plan doesn't lower costs or improve care, it just centralizes authority at the Secretary of HHS level. Besides, I don't think we can afford it in a time of trillion dollar deficits.
Democrat: Tea-bagging birther! You think the president's a socialist and a Muslim!
Critic: No, I support reform, I just don't think...
Democrat: That's right, you stupid tea-bagger. You don't think. You just follow orders from drug addled talking heads like Flush Limbaugh and Crybaby Beck!
The only thing dumber than this strategy would be for Democrats to run on their actual nationalized health care/cap and trade/ tax increase/ amnesty/ appeasement agenda. You can almost understand why they would rather yell "Tea-bagger!"
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:43 PM
Among fictional illustrations of where moonbattery is taking us, three novels stand out: 1) Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand; 2) 1984, by George Orwell; and 3) The Camp of the Saints, by Jean Raspail. In the latter, Third-World hordes set off from their dysfunctional countries in anything that will float, swamping the willfully undefended developed world out of existence. Bangladesh's finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is laying the groundwork to make the book come true.
Up to 20 million Bangladeshis may be forced to leave the country in the next 40 years because of climate change, one of the country's most senior politicians has said. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Bangladesh's finance minister, called on Britain and other wealthy countries to accept millions of displaced people. …
"Twenty million people could be displaced [in Bangladesh] by the middle of the century," Abdul Muhith told the Guardian. "We are asking all our development partners to honour the natural right of persons to migrate. We can't accommodate all these people — this is already the densest [populated] country in the world," he said.
He called on the UN to redefine international law to give climate refugees the same protection as people fleeing political repression. "The convention on refugees could be revised to protect people. It's been through other revisions, so this should be possible," he said.
You might think this is not a problem, because global warming isn't real. But what's real makes no difference to moonbats. Never mind the falling temperatures. In the alternate reality inhabited by our liberal elite ruling class, the rising seas caused by imaginary melting icebergs are already swamping the shoeless urchins.
Tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh and other low-lying areas of Asia are leaving their communities as their homes and land become inundated. … Bangladesh, India, and many small island states such as the Maldives face having to relocate large populations over the next 50 years as sea levels rise up to one metre. This would have profound effects on the 1.5 billion people who presently live in coastal areas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific [sic] body that assesses the impact of climate change, has said there could be 200 million climate change migrants by 2050.
The grotesquely corrupt global warming profiteer Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's pseudoscientific IPCC, loves the idea of using the nonexistent crisis as a pretext for Third World demographic conquest:
This is clearly a warning signal from Bangladesh and similar countries to the developed countries. And I think it has to be taken very seriously. If you accept that those countries that have really not been responsible for causing the problem, and have a legitimate basis for help from the developed countries, then one form of help would certainly be facilitation of immigration from these countries to the developed world.
If you had 30 or 40 million migrating to other parts of the world, that's a sizable problem for which we have to prepare. And if it requires changes to immigration laws and facilitating people settling down and working in the developed countries, then I suppose this will require legislative action in the developed world.
Would we actually allow millions upon millions of refugees to overwhelm us economically, socially, and demographically, potentially blotting us out of existence? Of course we would. Who would open fire on fleets of shoeless urchins?
On a tip from Dystopic PC.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:38 PM
In this graduate-level course from Moonbattery University, the gnomish Prof. Greg Gutfeld illuminates a most unusual phenomenon that is a side effect of Fox Derangement Syndrome: the more that the leftist media moanpipe Media Matters moans about Fox News Channel, the higher FNC's ratings go. Additional course materials contributed by Robot Theater.
[Caution, undergrads: the level of sarcasm in this clip is far beyond the tolerance level of most college-aged students and liberal trolls. Viewer discretion advised. -TMH]
Fox News: "It's like a giant pimple on their backs."
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:27 PM
Here we have the liberal anti-terror strategy in a nutshell:
KABUL, Afghanistan — The leader of the United Nations mission here called on Afghan officials to seek the removal of at least some senior Taliban leaders from the United Nations' list of terrorists, as a first step toward opening direct negotiations with the insurgent group.
In an interview, Kai Eide, the United Nations special representative, also implored the American military to speed its review of the roughly 750 detainees in its military prisons here — another principal grievance of Taliban leaders.
The UN doesn't have a monopoly on moonbattery:
American, Afghan and NATO leaders are also preparing to start an ambitious program to persuade rank-and-file Taliban fighters to give up in exchange for schooling and jobs. That plan, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, will be the focus of an international conference this week in London.
If we pretend they aren't terrorists, and let them out of jail, we can all sit down together to discuss root causes, and then if we shower enough free taxpayer money on them, they'll agree to be nice liberal Democrats.
There is one thing we should be able to agree on even with the Taliban: the useless joke known as the United Nations needs to go the way of the League of Nations.
On a tip from Lunaticcringeradio.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:50 PM
Christopher Buckley, once upon an election, praised candiate Obama's temperament and voted for The One proudly. Now, Christopher Buckley is praising President Obama's ineptitude and voting with his pen.
Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley procured an early draft of President Obama's upcoming State of the Union speech.
My fellow Americans,
Tonight I can report to you that the state of the union, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being excellent, is a 9.8.
Frankly, the economy is not what it should be, which is why the state of the union is a 9.8 instead of a perfect 10.
I called in the smart folks in my administration, many of them educated at Harvard, and I put it to them directly. I said, "Is this my fault?" And to a person they said, "No, sir! No way!"
I said to them, "Well then, whose fault is it?" And they said, "It's the bankers, Mr. President. The scum-sucking, stimulus money-accepting, bonus-awarding, self-regarding swine who inhabit the street of shame and infamy, the harlot's den known as Wall Street."
I said to them, "And what are we going to do about them? We can't hang them all. We don't have enough rope. And anyway, rope is expensive and I'm trying to cut the deficit. Ideas, people. I want ideas."
So tonight I can announce to you, my fellow Americans, the creation of a bipartisan commission to study how to kill the bankers in an efficient and hemp-sensitive manner.
Good to have you back, Chris, at least at this level. You're welcome as well, David and Peggy, there's a warm seat or two.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:30 PM
Moonbattery University looks back to Ancient Greece in an attempt to learn more about the present.
On a tip from Adjunct Prof. TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
If this doesn't get Chairman Zero to stand up to the nuke-acquiring terrorist regime in Iran, nothing will.
UC-Berkeley–educated Mohammad Javad Larijani is the brother of Ali (speaker of Iran's Parliament) and Sadegh (head of Iran's judiciary). He called our teenage POTUS a word so unspeakable, it cannot be translated other than as "the equivalent of the N-word in Farsi."
Too bad for Dear Reader that an ally couldn't say something like this. The media would work itself into an ecstatic frenzy of righteousness, rallying the herd back in line behind his faltering Historic Presidency. But being Muslim terrorists, Iran's leaders get a pass.
On a tip from Refuter of Liberal Vermin.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:47 AM
Well, looky, looky. I guess I wasn't the only one who found the whole notion of taking a full Teleprompter set-up to an elementary school sort of ridiculous.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Obama Speaks to a Sixth-Grade Classroom|
Wonder if Jon Stewart will be on the receiving end of a stream of obscene, poorly spelled hate comments.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM
In Brazil, socialists have been taking advantage of the World Social Forum as an opportunity to denounce economic development and demand that poverty be imposed on everyone. Complained union thug Arthur da Silva Santos:
There are just a few hundred companies today that hold all the cards for the global economy.
The goal for the left is for just a few hundred authoritarian bureaucrats and their cronies to hold all the cards for the global economy.
Shrieked Hildebrando Velez Galeano of the Colombian chapter of the environmental group Friends of the Earth:
We have to decolonize our territory and declare it free of Coca-Cola and Monsanto.
Monsanto is an agricultural company that oppresses people by feeding them. As we all know, Coke oppresses them by offering them a popular soft drink.
According to the AP report, Galeano's denunciation of "capitalist speculators" occurred in a "conference hall filled with activists wearing shirts emblazoned with the image of legendary revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara." In contrast to Coca-Cola and Monsanto, Che oppressed people by murdering them — with a great deal of enthusiasm.
But others are content to oppress by seeing to it that the lack of economic freedom dooms Latin America to poverty in perpetuity. The point? You'd have to ask a progressive.
On a tip from Mega.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM
Here's how the great Ronaldus Maximus summed up Big Government's view of the economy:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Thanks to the relentless growth of the bureaucratic cancer that is choking the life out of our country, ever more of the economy has stopped moving, thereby earning subsidies — i.e., money stolen from you to be doled out by our corrupt rulers to whomever deserves it least. Since Reagan's modest efforts to rein them in, federal subsidies have nearly doubled, reaching the 2,000 mark a few days ago. Cato@Liberty comments:
There is a federal subsidy program for every year that has passed since Emperor Augustus held sway in Rome. We've gone from bread and circuses to food stamps, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 1,999 other hand-out programs from the imperial city on the Potomac.
I wonder if the Roman governing class rushed headlong into decline and ruin deliberately, the way ours seems to be doing.
On a tip from Puffdaddy.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:19 AM
Well spent, that is, if you think that $2,200 per person per day is a reasonable cost for 21 members of Congress to travel to a "Climate Summit" in Denmark that ranks with President Obama as one of the supreme FAILs of 2009.
For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That's $2,200 a day - more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a key climate change player. He went to Copenhagen last year. Last week, we asked him about the $2,200-a-day bill for room and food.
"I can't believe that," Rep. Waxman said. "I can't believe it, but I don't know."
Believe it. The full congressional expense report is here, signed by Queen Pelosi herself.
On a tip from Glenn Beck.
Image update on a tip from TED, courtesy of The Chilling Effect.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
From The Blogmacracy:
Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation's streets in the past three years through black market sales targeting smugglers, an Associated Press review has found.
If you read the article, you learn that...
1. The Government is using a huge array of law enforcement and counter-terrorism resources to crack down on sales of a legal... if admittedly harmful... product, because states and cities are losing tax revenue to the ...
black underground market.
2. The "crime" that these resources are turned on was created when the Government jacked up the taxes on a legal... if admittedly harmful... product to levels that were unsustainable.
3. As a side effect, the Government is complicit in sales of tobacco to minors, but anti-tobacco activists are okay with that.
4. Tobacco companies make profits on it because the Government pays them for the ciggies used in the sting operations.
I'm not pro-tobacco, I think smoking is a disgusting habit. But I think the anti-tobacco movement has traveled the classic slippery slope that began with commonsense reforms and has evolved into mindless zealotry. (See also: The Civil Rights movement). And this whole scheme just seems like a misplaced use of money and resources made possible by zeal-driven activists and voracious government appetites for power and taxes.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:10 AM
Joe Klein... a Media Fluffer so dedicated he's worn out a dozen pairs of knee-pads covering Obama ... has written that Americans are stupid for not falling on their knees before the awesomeness that is Obama.
It is impossible to be a citizen if you don't make an effort to understand the most basic activities of your government. It is very difficult to thrive in an increasingly competitive world if you're a nation of dodos.
Doug Ross eviscerates Joe Klein's argument like Sarah Palin gutting a moose. Here's a taste...
You can almost visualize the drool gumming up Klein's keyboard as he secreted this pathetic paean to his Democrat overlords. A Democrat leadership, by the way, that is in so far over its head it needs scuba gear. The bureaucrats, the public sector unions and the trial lawyers are ripping Americans off and Joe here is telling us we're not paying enough.
I want a law making all Internet browsers' default setting block pornography and for that setting to be difficult, but not too difficult, to change. I want all alarm clocks, when they go off, to mention going to the gym. I think there should be limits on when you can sue, a ban on guns not used for hunting, parenting licenses enforced by social-services visits, more obstacles to post-first-trimester abortions and a European-size tax on gasoline. Soda should be sold in containers no bigger than 8 oz. People should pay for their garbage by weight. And their plane tickets.
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/10/03/joking-times-joel-stein-dreams-obama-dictatorship#ixzz0diiXKd32
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:53 AM
In an interview with Professional Democrat Fluffer Diane Sawyer, PBO ... attempting to feign modesty ... says, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."
How about a completely FAILed one term president? Does that work for you, Bammy?
BTW, you've heard about Obama proposing a "spending freeze" on a handful of domestic programs --- an idea he ridiculed when John McCain suggested it during the campaign --- to
show trick the gullible into believing he's serious about fiscal responsibility.
What the media won't mention in reporting the freeze is Obama has already exploded domestic spending 24% above even the profligate levels of the Bush Era in just two years. He's not proposing to cancel the remainder of the Spendulus. He is actually going to propose increases in other domestic spending. And he is still pushing a multi-trillion dollar health care entitlement.
He's not serious.
Update: And House Democrats are rejecting any notion of any kind of domestic spending freeze. They want even more spending.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:41 AM
Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning Lefties Who Can't Be Bothered to Read a Goshdarn Disclaimer Before Spouting Off Like Dad-Blamed Idjits
Well, yesterday we got a nice comment/pageview spike because apparently if you make a wisecrack about Bammy's Teleprompter dependency you whip the entire personality cult into a frenzy of f-words, spitting vitriol, and misspelled insults.
But I guess rape jokes about Sarah Palin's daughters are still hilarious, and David Letterman is still a genius.
BTW, could someone tell me WTH is supposed to be funny about this Onion piece about Rush Limbaugh longing for death?
I don't enjoy that stuff. I don't enjoy anything. I don't even want to be here. The sadness and regret I feel every waking hour of my life is absolutely unbearable. I am a miserable pig and I do not want to exist.
The irony is that, even if I did die, the hell I would surely be sent to could not possibly be any worse than the bottomless pool of excrement I already paddle around in like some demented, (excrement)-covered walrus
You know what, if you're the kind of person who thinks that kind of thing is funny, I don't want to be friends with you.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:35 AM
On the heels of his resoundingly successful documentary The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free... or Die (4 million viewers last Friday alone), Glenn Beck expands a bit on a relevant point he made on the radio recently: how The Beatles "got it" about Progressives and how they must go about changing the world without waking too many people up who don't want their kind of change.
Courtesy of PoliticsCentralX.
January 25, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:34 PM
Inspired by the founding father of the modern Democrat Party, and the book that serves as its unholy bible:
By JoeDanMedia, on a tip from glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:49 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:14 PM
Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself.
Okay, let's do that. Click for full size:
Whoops, they left out George Soros.
Those who had even the slightest clue what they were doing when they voted for this radical should turn themselves in for committing treason.
Via America Stand Up! on a tip from Marshman.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:10 PM
Desperation is a strong stench pervading the Obot Nation, and for good reason. In an effort toward bipartisan outreach, we bring news from the very mouth of
Archangel Gabriel David Plouffe himself, in an effort to support The Obamessiah:
On Wednesday evening, President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address. It comes at a critical moment.
We must regroup, refocus, and re-engage on the vital work ahead. So let's watch it together at a State of the Union Watch Party in your neighborhood.
We've hit some serious bumps in the road recently in our march toward change. We always knew it would be difficult, but this past week has definitely been a hard one, for all of us.
But this movement didn't come so far without making it through some challenging times. It's at moments like these when we need you most. People are hurting. Our country is at a crossroads, and in communities like yours all across America we must all fight for the progress our families and businesses need to thrive.
The President's resolve has never been stronger to keep fighting for health insurance reform, for lasting job creation, and to rein in the big banks and fight the undue influence of lobbyists. Wednesday's speech will be a pivotal moment for us all to get on the same page and continue the fight together.
In just two days, OFA supporters like you will be gathering at State of the Union Watch Parties in living rooms and community centers across the country. You can share ideas and experiences -- and I'll be joining on the phone for a special strategy huddle before the speech.
Find and RSVP for a State of the Union Watch Party near you:
I hope you can join us,
P.S. -- Volunteers have set up hundreds of Watch Parties over the last few days. But if there isn't one yet near you, just sign up to host one yourself. It's easy and fun, local OFA organizers will help you with any questions you have, and it's an incredibly important way to let supporters near you be part of the action:
Perhaps a little reverse Cloward-Piven could come in handy here. Or even better: a why not boost the economy with Watch Parties in popular bars? Drinking games such as "every time Obama says a personal pronoun" or "every time Dear Leader lies" would boost sales and tips astronomically, helping the working folk as Obama so wishes to do. (Just be sure to have designated drivers.)
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:03 PM
Uh oh. Comrade Obama is starting to talk back to his Teleprompter:
The stress of watching the wheels come off his farcical presidency might be too much for our first teenage POTUS. Can't Kathleen Sebelius get him a script for some Valium? Or maybe she should make it Thorazine.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:30 PM
Uranus may hold oceans of diamonds. If we can figure out a way to get there and bring them back... we might... *might* ... have a way to pay off Obama's debt.
Hat Tip: Ace
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:15 PM
From a leftist professor we have a rant, a considerable rant, against Dear Leader:
Barack Obama has now, in just a year's time, become the single most inept president perhaps in all of American history, and certainly in my lifetime. Never has so much political advantage been pissed away so rapidly, and what's more in the context of so much national urgency and crisis. It's astonishing, really, to contemplate how much has been lost in a single year.
It was hilarious, of course, when Michelle Bachmann invoked the Charge of the Light Brigade at a rally against "Obama's" (has he ever really owned it?) [some believe he actually hasn't? -TMH] health care "initiative" (isn't that too strong a word to use?) [ok, try "behemoth" -TMH], quite oblivious to the fact that the actual historical event was one of history's greatest debacles. Obama, on the other hand, seems to be actually reliving the famous cock-up in the flesh. Except, of course, that he doesn't really "charge" at anything. He just talks about things, thinks about things a real long time, defers to others on things, and waits around for things to maybe happen.
Meanwhile, a self-avowed moderate Sarah Palin hater also regrets her vote:
I am a registered Independent. I voted for Barack Obama. And for that, I am sorry.
I'm not sorry for you. I'm sorry for me. Because I voted for Obama for me, not for you. I voted for hope and change and all the intangibles that Obama was peddling in the wake of the financial crisis, Sarah Palin, Sept. 11 and all the other ills that shook our country in the last decade. I wanted something new. Something different. What I got was, I suppose, exactly what I voted for - a spin doctor. And not a very good one at that.
It was clear after just 90 days what a mistake I'd made. My taxes have gone up and my quality of life has gone down. Hope has given way to disgust and I see now that change is simply a euphemism for "big government."
Obama's spectacular and self-inflicted fall from grace has created a new and growing "victims" class: victims of buyer's remorse. They all are well-deserving of frequent "I told you so" dope-slappings, plus a bonus: the Ren Award for getting us into this sordid Obamanation mess in the first place.
On a tip from Mark Steyn, filling in for Rush.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:05 PM
In addition to being all-but-impossible-to-fire, having higher pay, more vacation, better benefits, and gold-plated pensions at taxpayer expense... Chairman Zero wants government bureaucrats to get a special deal on student loan repayment, too.
Obama will also call for caps on some student loans, limiting a borrower's payments to 10 percent of his or her income, and forgiving all remaining debt after 10 years of payment for those in public service work -- and 20 years for all others.
Not only can't the Community-Organizer-in-Chief pay for all the stuff he's already promised, he wants to spend even more money to widen the gulf between how people in the private sector are compensated and how Government bureaucrats --- including those whose primary purpose is to retard economic progress --- are compensated.
What is being created is nothing less than a Mandarin class of elite bureaucrats, perpetually enriched while the working and middle classes are sucked dry to pay for their lavish benefits.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Now why would the UN's wannabe global rulers lie to us about glaciers melting? One possible answer: to wrap their arms around massive piles of grant money.
The chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has used bogus claims that Himalayan glaciers were melting to win grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Rajendra Pachauri's Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), based in New Delhi, was awarded up to £310,000 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the lion's share of a £2.5m EU grant funded by European taxpayers.
It means that EU taxpayers are funding research into a scientific claim about glaciers that any ice researcher should immediately recognise as bogus. The revelation comes just a week after The Sunday Times highlighted serious scientific flaws in the IPCC's 2007 benchmark report on the likely impacts of global warming.
The IPCC had warned that climate change was likely to melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 — an idea considered ludicrous by most glaciologists. Last week a humbled IPCC retracted that claim and corrected its report.
Since then, however, The Sunday Times has discovered that the same bogus claim has been cited in grant applications for TERI.
Warmist liars have been caught so dead to rights on GlacierGate, they've actually admitted to poking their filthy claws into the cookie jar:
Last week, the IPCC, led by its increasingly controversial chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was forced to issue an unprecedented admission: the statement in its 2007 report that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035 had no scientific basis, and its inclusion in the report reflected a "poor application" of IPCC procedures.
Nonetheless, the appallingly corrupt Pachauri will remain at the helm of the UN's equally unscrupulous IPCC as it labors to excrete yet another bogus report proclaiming that the planet is doomed if we don't turn over our money and sovereignty to guess who? The UN.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:08 AM
Washington is in a desperate search for more revenue and a solution to the future financing of the trillions in national debt obligations currently held by foreign central banks and investors. Economists, politicians and smart investors know the dollar's days as the world reserve currency are numbered as is our ability to finance the national debt.
Although the historical government solution to unsustainable government debt loads has always been the destruction of the debts by currency depreciation and eventual hyperinflation, there is always an intermediate step used to buy more time for the politicians in power. This action … is wealth confiscation. …
The largest source of liquid private wealth remaining in the United States [is] the $15 trillion in private retirement funds and the ultimate ownership, control and future of these funds have already been compromised and exchanged for the favorable tax treatment of private retirement plans. Congress writes the laws, so they can tax, penalize, hold your funds hostage and although they'd never use the word, "confiscate" your assets at their discretion.
This confiscation will take the form of compelling participation in a Social Security-style Ponzi scheme that will pay a 3% return (instead of the ~10% you'd make on the stock market in the long term). When you die, Big Government will keep half of what's left in the account.
Despite the full-throated support this multi-$trillion heist can count on from the statist media, many would resist having their life savings stolen by ignominious blackguards. That's why governments create crises, which as Rahm Emanuel observes, should never be allowed to go to waste. Likely crises that might precipitate seizure of retirement accounts include:
• Loss of Triple-A Status for U.S. Treasury Bonds
• Terrorist Attack or Military Disaster
• Another Economic Meltdown
All three crises are not only possible under our current leadership, they appear to be policy objectives. How else could you explain Comrade Obama's pro-terrorist policies, economy-crushing initiatives (Cap & Trade, ObamaCare), and obviously unsustainable spending?
We are heading straight for an iceberg because our rulers are steering for it deliberately. When we hit, one of the first things to go overboard will be private ownership of pension accounts.
On tips from Funkendunkel and EvilResident.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:29 AM
Director Joe Carnahan gives an idea of just how out of touch Tinseltown's elitist moonbat vermin are with the rest of the country in an interview with the film site Cinematical. Via Big Hollywood:
I told my own father, who's politically-minded in that same way [i.e., not a moonbat], "Dad, you're the most dangerous thing on the political landscape because you're a sixty-year-old white conservative," and that's more terrifying than any jihadist.
According to Gallup, there are twice as many conservatives in this country as liberals.
The more these arrogant limousine leftist weenies spit on us, the sooner America will find an alternative to Hollyweird, just as it found alternatives to the left-wing monopoly on information that held sway in Walter Cronkite's day.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:01 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:55 AM
Demonrats are deserting the sinking ship of Obamunism right and left... well, mostly left. PBO intervened personally to reassure one Arkansas Democrat that things weren't really so bad.
"They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, 'Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me.' We're going to see how much difference that makes now."
How well did this unbridled narcissism and arrogance work? Well, that Arkansas Congressman, Marion Berry (not the crackhead DC mayor), decided he's not running this fall.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:42 AM
Are you more than a little fed up with public servants who go to Washington, swear on the Bible to uphold the Constitution of the United States, but then -- how shall we say it politely -- lose their way?
Mark your calendar for Saturday 28 August, 2010. Glenn Beck is coming to Washington, DC, for a grass-roots rally unlike any other: one aimed at restoring honor to our nation's capital.
On August 28, 2010 come be a part of history by joining Glenn at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the Restoring Honor Rally. This is a non-political fundraiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This non-profit provides support and assistance to the families of wounded and fallen special operations personnel. Donate NowThis includes 60,000 of America's elite troops such as Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Rangers, Air force combat controllers and Marine Corps special operators.
This may be the last large gathering at the Lincoln Memorial ever allowed. Beck reported on air today that hotel accommodations are already limited for the date. Additional local housing could be available within Metro access in the Virginia and Maryland DC suburbs. Stay tuned to Beck for more info.
If you aren't sure you can make the event but if you still want to donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, go here. All procedes above the costs of the rally will go to the charity.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:36 AM
BushObama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to Halliburtona company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
"I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all," (Senator Obama) told a Grand Rapids audience on Oct. 2. "The days of sweetheart deals for Halliburton will be over when I'm in the White House."
Yeah, but I'm sure... this is different.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:59 AM
In pointing out some moral deficiencies among the government employee work force of late, there was some grumbling from site readers who also belong to the ranks of reputable public servants. My intent was not to malign the 95%+ of hard-working, honest public sector employees, but to shine light on the slimy grubs who diminish those around them by taking advantage of the system. At its highest levels, the recent growth in government corruption -- especially with Obama's Circus of the Czars -- has been second to no other modern administration.
But don't miss the growing forest for it's tallest and most offensive trees. The fact remains, as so well stated by Gregory of Yardale: "There are now more Government parasites consuming resources than there are private sector workers producing tangible output." And the main reason for this comes down to public sector unions.
Listen: over 50 percent of all union members now work for federal, state and local governments. Any effort by conservatives to fight the size of government will require a serious face-off with these powerful unions.
There once was a day when working for the government meant a sacrifice for public service. Government employees didn't face the vagaries of employment in the corporate sector, where jobs come and go, but in return government jobs didn't come with the salaries and perks of the private sector, either.
Not anymore. The government unions want it all - high pay, stability and a growing work force. And they're willing to use their growing political clout to get it. Public-sector unions ferociously lobby each level of government for increased spending and oppose tax reductions.
My Father-in-law belonged to that generation of noble public servants. He felt he owed everything to his opportunity to work for the government, and didn't complain about lower pay or having to move his family many times given all of the other benefits.
But now, that sense of opportunity and duty appears to have warped into a demanded entitlement -- by the SEIU, teachers unions, and other organizations. The political activism of government-sector unions has paid off in keeping union jobs safe and expanding government -- and in the process, making the rest of the workforce miserable through economy- and job-killing tax increases nationwide.
In Oregon, public employees unions spent almost $4 million supporting ballot initiatives to raise personal income and business taxes by $733 million. The Service Employee International Union (SEIU) spent millions in California campaigning for higher oil, gas and liquor taxes. In Arizona, the Arizona Education Association lobbied successfully against repealing a $250 million-a-year statewide property tax. Even in the conservative state of Alabama, the Alabama Education Association's annual convention endorsed tax increases on businesses, cigarettes and soft drinks - while voting down measures supporting spending restrictions to combat the state's budget shortfall.
With top SEIU thug Andy Stern wielding so much influence in the Obama White House at so many levels, including that multi-billion dollar ObamaCare payoff, it seems highly unlikely that a rising tide of conservative voter backlash will be able to thwart union power and truly reduce the size of government anytime soon. It seems that all we will be able to do is watch and fume as public-sector unions, with cover from the Obama White House, redouble their unrelenting campaign of growth at the expense of the private-sector economy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:19 AM
Homegrown hoaxers like hockey stick fabricator Michael Mann are up to their necks in the ClimateGate scandal that blew the lid off the Great Global Warming Swindle. In addition, we may have our own domestic version of ClimateGate:
NASA's two primary climate centers, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C., and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in New York City, are accused of "creating a strong bias toward warmer temperatures through a system that dramatically trimmed the number and cherry-picked the locations of weather observation stations they use to produce the data set on which temperature record reports are based."
Joseph D'Aleo, of Icecap.us, said the analysis found NASA "systematically eliminated 75% of the world's stations with a clear bias toward removing higher-latitude, high-altitude and rural locations." The number of actual weather stations used to calculate average global temperatures was reduced from about 6,000 in the 1970s to about 1,500 today. The number of reporting stations in Canada dropped from 600 to 35.
E. Michael Smith, a computer programming expert who worked with D'Aleo, said he found "patterns in the input data from NCDC that looked liked dramatic and selective deletions of thermometers from cold locations." The more he looked, the more he found "patterns of deletion that could not be accidental."
Stations in places such as the Andes and Bolivia have virtually vanished, meaning, according to D'Aleo, temperatures from these areas are now "determined by interpolation from stations hundreds of miles away on the coast or in the Amazon." He says it's as if Minneapolis stopped reporting and its average temperature was extrapolated from readings in St. Louis and Kansas City.
Smith argues that the decrease in stations used and the selectivity of locations make NASA's data and conclusions suspect. D'Aleo goes further, saying such cherry-picking and data manipulation are a "scientific travesty" committed by activist scientists to advance the global warming agenda.
Corrupt hoaxers like NASA's odious James Hansen are doing as much damage to the reputation of science as they had planned to do to our liberty and standard of living.
On a tip from Stormfax.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:15 AM
OK, 'Fess Up... which one of you trolls is Ellie Light?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:02 AM
Opportunity always exists in the midst of crisis, and the tragic earthquake in Haiti is seen by many experts as the public image rehabilitation opportunity of a lifetime.
Shortly after revealing that he fathered a baby by a campaign aide while his wife was fighting cancer, typical Democrat John Edwards decided he was going to Haiti. You can expect thousands of rescue workers to be the target of a class action suit any day now. ("Sure, they pulled me from the rubble, but did they have to dislocate my shoulder?")
Scientologists are also on the ground in Haiti, but they will probably leave as soon as they figure out Haitians don't have any money.
Morning Briefs for Monday Item Number 1: What Kind of Idiot Needs a Teleprompter to Talk to Sixth Graders?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:47 AM
Good Morning Conservative Patriots, And Lefties, Do You Really Think Hiding Behind Tor Is Going to Stop Karl Rove from Finding You and Killing You?
Oh, Looky! RCP has video.
In fairness, it is disputed whether he used the Teleprompter to address the sixth graders. But let those who didn't accuse Bush of serving plastic turkey or make an obsessive compulsive stink about the Mission Accomplished banner cast the first stone.
January 24, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:43 PM
Barney Frank has soured on Fannie and Freddie, preferring instead to rebuild the housing finance system of the United States from scratch.
"The remedy here is...as I believe this committee will be recommending, abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form and coming up with a whole new system of housing finance," said Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
After having been one of the key enablers of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle in the first place, now Fwank wants to build a new beast. But perhaps the beast is now too big to be broken up and privatized, without causing much distress in the financial markets:
"It's hard for us to imagine" how enough capital could be attracted to replace Fannie and Freddie with stand-alone private companies that would be able to offer low-cost funding for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, [Standard & Poor's] analysts wrote.
Some analysts have argued that starting from scratch could create more problems than they would solve, in part because Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee around half of the nation's $11 trillion in home mortgages. "Blue sky ideas are great, but they take a long time to happen," said Mahesh Swaminathan, senior mortgage strategist at Credit Suisse, at a conference last month. "When you have $5 trillion of agency mortgages, you can't really orphan them."
There is hope, however:
In a PBS interview on Thursday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the legislative process to overhaul Fannie, Freddie and the housing-finance system was unlikely to begin this year. "It's just a complicated thing to get right," he said. "But we are completely supportive and agree completely with the need to make sure that we take a cold, hard look at what the future of those institutions should be in our country."
If "TurboTax Pro" Geithner is right on the timing, and if Republicans can actually gain control of the House in November (not completely unforeseeable), maybe this unsightly purple dinosaur will finally be replaced as The Banking Queen.
WSJ story on a tip from G.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
Surprisingly enough, Daniel Hannan isn't the only countermoonbat to find his way into the supranational statist cancer calling itself the European Parliament. Here MEP Godfrey Bloom lays into the global warming hoax and the slippery criminals behind it:
Via Breitbart.tv, on tips from funkendunkel and Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:05 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM
Powerful countermoonbattery from Moonbattery reader Adrian Murray at New Revolution Now's Texas State's Rights Rally in Austin last weekend:
January 23, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:01 PM
I know sooner or later Scott Brown is really going to frost me; he's a New England Republican after all. But for now, I like that he represents both a rebuke to the march of Obamunism, and a unity among its opponents. Mike Potemra (someone I often disagree with) at NRO points out something else unifying about Scott Brown.
Brown is a member of a church affiliated with the Calvinist-rooted Christian Reformed Church in North America. If you go on the website of his congregation, New England Chapel in Franklin, Mass., you will read the following testimony from an attendee: "I have found a home, a family, friends, and most importantly, begun the journey to a REAL relationship with God. It is not one based on guilt or fear, but rather love, hope, and mercy." ... And then one reads that Mr. Brown helped raise $5.5 million for the Cistercian nuns of Wrentham, who pray for him daily... This is the America Scott Brown is from, a place where Calvinists are cheerful and conservative Cistercians pray for their Protestant benefactor.
Catholics and protestants praying together; that's a much prettier picture than that presented by the sheer nastiness of his opponents who are the ones who really want to divide us.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:07 PM
Courtesy of 01armychick.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:41 PM
Compliments of Henry, an update to an interesting post by The MaryHunter:
To quote Moonbattery reader James McEnanly:
What goes on inside a person's head eventually works its way onto a person's face.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:07 AM
In case you missed Glenn Beck's excellent documentary on the history of the progressive movement yesterday, here's The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free… or Die via Common Cents:
This is what kids would be learning in school if the schools weren't run by progressives. If this whets your appetite to learn more, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg and The Black Book of Communism by Stéphane Courtois et al. could not be recommended highly enough.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:48 AM
You will rarely hear about it in the progressive Mainstream Media, but a number of former abortionists are crossing over to the Pro-Life side. Advances in medical science, in particular, ultrasound technology that confirm that the products of conception are not an undifferentiated mass of cells no different than a fingernail, and that gives moral human beings pause about the lives they are destroying.
The Weekly Standard reports on this phenomenon, reporting on the casual horror of torn and dismembered babies, tiny beating hearts silenced forever, and the stench of burning fetal tissues that the progressive left eagerly sacrifices on the altar of Eros.
In general, abortion providers have censored their own emotional trauma out of concern to protect abortion rights. In 2008, however, abortionist Lisa Harris endeavored to begin "breaking the silence" in the pages of the journal Reproductive Health Matters. When she herself was 18 weeks pregnant, Dr. Harris performed a D&E abortion on an 18-week-old fetus. Harris felt her own child kick precisely at the moment that she ripped a fetal leg off with her forceps:
Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes--without me--meaning my conscious brain--even being aware of what was going on. I felt as if my response had come entirely from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive processing completely. A message seemed to travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling--a brutally visceral response--heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics. It was one of the more raw moments in my life.
Harris concluded her piece by lamenting that the pro-choice movement has left providers to suffer in silence because it has "not owned up to the reality of the fetus, or the reality of fetal parts." Indeed, it often insists that images used by the pro-life movement are faked.
There's more at the link. So much more. We on the right seem to be conscious of these horrors. The progressive left either denies them, or simply doesn't care; because casual sex is just too important.
You have to wonder, if some abortionists leave after seeing the horror of what they do every day for a paycheck... WTH is wrong with those that don't?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:56 AM
My personal contribution to Moonbattery will be light today for reasons made clear below the break:
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:30 AM
News Flash: Illinois is on the brink of insolvency.
This sad truth reveals yet another in a line of failed Democrat-machine-run state governments that's chalking up fail after fail.
January 22, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:51 PM
From the Massachusetts Miracle to the death of ObamaCare to the SCOTUS slap-down of McCain-Feingold (oh yea, and Air America, hunh wha'?), we just need to soak up the glee from this amazing week one more time...
...glee that's infectious...
...glee that's dance-a-licious...
Of course, there's a lot more work to do, Noble Patriots!
Thanks for the elephants, TED.
Thanks for Walter Huston, Eric.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:28 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:23 PM
Rush commented at length today on the cataclysmic melt-down of Dear Leader Barack Obama. His actions, especially in the wake of the Scott Brown Massachusetts Miracle, have become increasingly erratic. Today in his speech in Ohio, he not only promised that he won't "walk away" from ObamaCare reform, but also said he would redouble his efforts on jobs creation.
Well, we all know how that went, him focusing on ObamaCare. Now, he wants to try go earn the love back from irate Americans by focusing on jobs? Somebody should remind the man-child of the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome. It seems that Obama has become sort of a latter-day Bizarro Midas: instead of gold, everything he touches turns into feces.
Clearly, Dear Leader is in a dark and dismal place. "If Obama ran for president now, he would lose," says Rush (paraphrased), "in fact, he probably couldn't win a race for Chicago City Council." And, I'm actually starting to feel a bit sorry for him. So, in a magnanimous bipartisan effort, I'm reaching across the aisle to try and help The One.
Here's an idea: perhaps The Immaculator should take a few lessons from some once-famous celebrities who aimed at career comebacks. Study them. Try to learn just what has worked. Maybe in this way, Obama can get his groove back. This is one of my favorites that might help:
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:24 PM
As noted in the Morning Briefs, Arlen Specter has proven that he's no gentleman by repeatedly interrupting his own eruption of gibbering duckspeak to demand that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann "act like a lady." Here's the incriminating audio:
At this point in the twilight of his ignoble career, Specter the Defector has to dig hard for new lows.
The graceful Congresswoman was "stunned" at Benedict Arlen's "arrogance," and observes that she was "patronized and basically told to sit down and shut up."
We'll see how voters react when he faces them this fall. As Senator Sphincter might recall, they thought he was a Republican when they elected him. At the moment prospects are looking fine — for his opponent. From Rasmussen, via The Examiner:
Republican Pat Toomey now leads incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D) 49% to 40% in Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate.
But I'm sure his classy treatment of the lovely Michele Bachmann will turn these numbers right around for old Sphincter.
On tips from Incitatus, Byron, Ragnar Danneskjöld, Rob Banks, Wiggins, 3bus, and Frank W.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:39 AM
No, it isn't Ben Nelson. It's "Markus," Nevada's first legal, official, licensed manwhore.
"It's just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front (of the bus) instead of the back," he told Details. "She was proclaiming her rights as a disadvantaged, African-American older woman. And I'm doing the same..."
Call me a tea-bagging prude from flyover country, but that just doesn't seem... apt. He doesn't look much like Rosa Parks to me.
He has been criticized by female counterparts for not being willing to have sex with men.
Because that would make him much more like Rosa Parks.
When I was 7, my father and mother applied for a divorce, and I was pretty much left sensory deprived for my whole adolescent and formative years. There was a deficit there--a sensory deficit--where I was left in a shell. There wasn't anything sexual about it. It was more, like, caresses--maybe a kiss on the cheek or a hug. Psychologists say a child should be hugged at least, you know, two or three times a day for him to be a functional human being. Then, once I reached adulthood, I didn't have any sexual relationships.
That part made me sad.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:30 AM
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, over the last three days on the Today show, has refused to acknowledge Scott Brown's success as something for the GOP to celebrate. On Tuesday she accused Brown of ducking the GOP label throughout his campaign, then on Wednesday's show she noted that in Brown's victory speech "Interestingly, Senator-Elect Brown did not talk about being a Republican, instead, he framed this all as being about independence." Finally, on Thursday, O'Donnell cast Brown's win as him merely "riding a populist, anti-Washington wave." Somehow the fact that Democrats are in charge in Washington had escaped O'Donnell's attention.
Maybe the voters wanted to express their rage against W, but were too stupid to pull the right level, as Comrade Obama has asked us to believe. I'm sure Ms. O'Donnell would agree that more government oversight in the voting booths ought to solve the problem.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:35 AM
Appalling moonbattery from north of the border, where Big Government and Samsung are teaming up to empty citizens' pockets in the name of the flourishing polar bears:
In a dramatic move yesterday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty struck a green electricity deal — allegedly the biggest of its kind in the world — that will transmit a subsidy worth as much as $10-billion into the hands of a Korean state enterprise and corporate giant Samsung. …
The subsidy means that over the next 25 years Ontario electricity users will pay 50% more for the wind and solar electricity produced under the Samsung deal than they would buying the same power from conventional sources. In return for the subsidy, the only thing the average consumer will receive is a warm and fuzzy feeling for having saved the planet from global warming.
Never mind that global warming may not be happening. Electricity consumers everywhere, but especially in Ontario, are often merely cash machines for scheming profiteers and politicians. Any excuse will do. If not global warming there's always job creation, trade wars, subsidies, economic nationalism, local content rules, renewability claims — and the usual ugly business of buying voters with their own money.
The McGuinty electricity scheme masterfully incorporates all of the above.
Just how hard will this boondoggle hit the citizens of Ontario?
Over 25 years, the government says the Koreans will deliver 110-million megawatt hours at these guaranteed prices, equal to 110-billion kWh. Based on operating assumptions for the wind-solar balance, that means the Koreans will receive about a guaranteed $25-billion from Ontario electricity consumers at an average price of maybe 23¢ per kWh. But the current price for new gas-fired power, with all costs accounted for, is maybe 12¢ or about $13-billion. Ontario, in other words, will pay about $10-billion or maybe even $12-billion in subsidy to the Korean consortium over 25 years…
As for developing a mythical "green economy"…
The Samsung agreement will also squeeze out other wind and solar power producers from the market, thus eliminating competition and fairness from a power market already grotesquely distorted by the Green Energy Act and the Feed-in Tariff scheme. So not only will the McGuinty energy regime plunder cash from electricity consumers, it will compound the economic mess by squeezing other energy producers.
This corrupt alliance between unscrupulous government-linked corporations and still more unscrupulous authoritarian bureaucrats used to be known as "fascism." But at least in the olden days, the State didn't transfer its slaves' money to corporations based in other countries.
Stories like this drive home just how intolerable it is that the USA now has even less economic freedom than Canada.
On a tip from Stu.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:56 AM
Now that Republicans are making a stunning comeback by riding a wave of public revulsion against the Democrats' statist agenda, it's the perfect time to toss principles overboard and revert to the Democrat-Lite Party that disgraced itself by massively expanding the government under Bush. At least, that's what Newt Gingrich seems to think:
Gingrich sees the Massachusetts [Miracle] as a boost for his party, but also as a renunciation of go-it-alone by either party, and thinks Republicans would be "clever" to pass a series of relatively non-controversial measures with "huge bipartisan majorities."
That said, he thinks many Republicans disdain Pelosi so much they simply won't go along with anything with the speaker's name on it, even if it serves the party's larger interests.
"If you are a House member in the [GOP] caucus, I suspect we are about to have a huge argument. We could get clever and work with her… And I think people should work with her… But at that point it becomes a huge problem because nobody trusts her, they distrust her ideology and distrust her because she has run over them so hard…"
Right you are, Newt: no one in his right mind trusts Pelousy — or you either.
Here again we see Newt and Nasty cuddling on the couch as they proclaim their eager participation in the global warming hoax, which is intended to destroy our liberties and our standard of living:
Newt — who backed the appallingly left-wing RINO Dede Scozzafava — once again is said to be considering a presidential run. Let's hope he thinks better of it. The only thing that could defuse a massive backlash against the statists currently trashing our country would be the GOP coming back into power under the leadership of more statists.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:39 AM
Because nothing to the left is more important than the ability to have irresponsible sex without consequences, Planned Parenthood is planning on opening a massive abortion mill Houston.
The building, formerly belonging to a bank and shaped like a cash register, will be transformed into a 78,000 square foot clinic and is expected to be one of the largest in the nation. It will also include a surgical wing capable of providing late-term abortions.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other liberals will surely be delighted now that those "undesirables" can be exterminated on a mass, wholesale basis.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:53 AM
Ace points out that the left-wing is in fits about Scott Brown's attractive family and attractive conservatives in general.
So, just so we all understand the dimensions of this scandal: Scott Brown posed semi-nude as a law student. For money. Like a whore. His wife walked around in a bikini for a local Boston band in the 80s. Like a whore. His daughters wear bikinis on holiday in the Caribbean. (And are available.) Like whores. How ya like them apples, wingnuts? Are you not scandalized?
The left is so deranged... and their self-generated caricature of right-wingers so ingrained in their belief system... that they really think that if you believe in free markets, personal responsibility, limited government, and national security, ipso facto, you must be a repressed puritan who wants to outlaw sex and impose the parts of sharia law that make women dress like overstuffed Hefty bags. (On the other hand, the left really was out there teaching deviant sex to middle schoolers, with taxpayer dollars, no less.) And when we don't live up to their stereotypes, their minds get so blown that they lash out like deranged loons. Apparently, the comments at Huffington Post and other lefty blogs are appalled, just appalled:
How did a couple of people who were hot in the 80's, turn out to be such conservative Republicans? Are these pictures suppose to matter now? Perhaps they will "shock" Mr. and Mrs. Teabagger McPrude somewhere in the middle of Kansas.
What is truly FUNNY is the whole "family values" hypocrisy thing you guys pretend to have complete ownership over. Just hysterical. Centerfold seems to be the new GOP mantra....
If teabaggers loved their country, they wouldn't be trying so hard to let an Australian have such influence over it. They proudly worship drug addicts, alcoholics, adulterers and now pimps and prostitutes. This is who they love....
Would not trust a daddy that pimps his daughters.
Like I said, conniption fits.
Also, in announcing Scott Brown's arrival in Washington, the WaPo channels it's Inner Kostard.
At 9:30 on Thursday morning, the Republican state senator arrived by US Airways shuttle at Reagan National Airport, though he rode a GMC-driving everyman image and a wave of Tea Party-stoked, establishment-financed frustration into the U.S. Senate seat of Jack and Teddy Kennedy.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:18 AM
In contrast to the trust fund socialists and stark-raving lunatics who claim that Chairman Zero is not at all socialist and is in fact some sort of pro-capitalist stooge of big business, people who actually work and make money for a living by huge margins recognize the anti-business fervor of his administration. 77% of investors see Obama as anti-business and only 27% have a favorable opinion of him.
Chairman Zero was railing against banks yesterday with a passion and a zeal conspicuously absent on those rare occasions when he discusses fighting terrorists. He claims banks must be punished for not lending to small business, when in fact, it's his own massive deficits that are sucking money out of the private sector.
Bankers are responding to the incentives generated by the economic policies of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. First and foremost is the Fed's policy of near-zero interest rates. What this means is that banks can raise short-term money at very low interest rates and buy safe, 10-year Treasury bonds at around 3.5%. The Bernanke Fed has promised to maintain its policy for "an extended period." That translates into an extended opportunity for banks to engage in this interest-rate arbitrage.
You see, what these mom's-basement-Trotskyites won't admit is that bankers aren't lending to small business because it's more profitable to loan money to the Fed, which Chairman Zero uses to hire more bureaucrats... the only growth sector in the economy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:31 AM
This is just what you'd expect from an out-of-control government bureaucracy that's been growing since the Bush Administration and funds laughable education studies to the tune of billions of dollars: federal workers are padding their travel expenses for their own travel-related amusement.
At the State Department, for instance, nearly 80 percent of the more than $300,000 in airfare reviewed at one little-known office in fiscal 2007 and 2008 went to pay for business-class airline tickets, and many of those purchases violated federal travel policy.
One senior manager at the National Science Foundation took or extended taxpayer-funded trips totaling more than $10,000 to facilitate liaisons with women in Paris, Tokyo and Vancouver.
When asked by investigators whether it was appropriate to consider a woman's presence in Vancouver when deciding whether to speak at workshop there, documents show the [NSF] official responded, "Yeah, why not?"
Embezzling is embezzling, period -- whether it's to take in an extra 18 holes, or just a few holes in select destinations.
Of course, there's nothing new here - local and federal government employees in the early 1900s partook in personal-travel junkets at taxpayer expense. These recent excesses, obtained by The Washington Times through a Freedom of Information Act request, stretch back through 2007 and reveal just how corrupt and out of touch Washington has become, even in the face of record deficits and unimaginable national debt. In fact, I was just talking with my 7 y.o. about all those zeros in large numbers and asked her what they really mean. She said immediately: "Ten times. Each one is ten times."
My daughter gets it. Clearly, however, our rogue, bloated government bureaucracy still doesn't.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:17 AM
Snarlin' Arlen Specter tells Michelle Bachmann to "act like a lady." In context, what he means is, "Quiet down, sweetie, men are talking."
Will feminists rush to her defense? What do you think. Specter was similarly patronizing toward Laura Ingraham last year when she challenged him on his support of the Spendulus.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:00 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:46 AM
Richard Corliss at Time magazine mourns the passing of Air Amerika, but insists it's not because liberalism is unpopular, and it's not because the roster of leftist hacks it had as hosts was unappealing. No, it's because the far left was already tuning into NPR; which is a great tacit admission that NPR is as far left as Air America; albeit without the overt death threats and on-air shilling for scientology.
Morning Briefs for Friday Item 1: Isn't it great our prosperous Government has this kind of money to throw around?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:25 AM
Good Morning Patriotic Conservatives, Good Morning Anonymous Left-Wing Loons,
The Government is spending $4 Billion in stimulus money to study why some teachers are better than others. Gee, let me see if I can guess what the conclusion of the study will be: "In conclusion, the government needs to spend a lot more money on government schools and unionized teachers."
You didn't really think the stimulus was about creating jobs for working people did you?
January 21, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:22 PM
Like two jealous cheerleaders fighting over the same ... I wanted to say, high school basketball star, but that would be racist... fighting over the last tampon, NBC is so jealous that ABC is getting all the tampon's attention that they have filed a complaint with the White House Press Office.
TVNewser has learned that NBC News has filed a formal complaint with the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News -- including George Stephanopoulos's interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson's December 15.
I mean, it's not like NBC didn't establish an entire cable channel devoted to worshiping President Wonderful and turn entire month's of programming over to propagandizing on behalf of Global Warming.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:10 PM
Amusing ways in which the National Science Foundation is putting your tax dollars to work: Apparently, a Democrat looks likable and trustworthy (really?); a Republican looks dominant and mature (naturally!).
In a recent study, "Democrats and Republicans Can Be Differentiated from Their Faces," Tufts University researchers were able to show a statistically significant correlation between party affiliation and certain facial traits. In short, study volunteers were shown pictures of "targets" - political candidates and even other college students - and asked to identify the party affiliation they felt fit best the target. Volunteers also gave details regarding what they perceived, which ultimately correlated with the actual party affiliation:
Republicans were perceived as more powerful than Democrats. Moreover, as individual targets were perceived to be more powerful, they were more likely to be perceived as Republicans by others. Similarly, as individual targets were perceived to be warmer, they were more likely to be perceived as Democrats.
The study has numerous flaws, not the least of which were small sample sizes and a "paucity of Republican perceivers" -- the political slant of the beholder might be expected to affect the outcome, and Democrat volunteers outnumbered Republicans by about 4 to 1. All in all, it seems to have been good clean university fun, and a smashing use of your tax dollars to boot. Who knows, maybe it was part of a failed liberal plot to ultimately use computer-assisted facial recognition to spot and eliminate Republican voters (note the article publication date: January 18, 2010, just one day before the Massachusetts election... coincidence?!?).
This seems like a perfect time to remind us all of an actual, bona fide, scientifically proven fact, with significant empirical data to back it up:
Republican and Democrat women have predictable facial traits.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:25 PM
I guess they ran out of Boys and Girls Clubs to steal from.
From: Charlie Kireker
Date: January 21, 2010 4:36:59 PM EST
Subject: Air America Operations
It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:07 PM
The moonbat meltdown has begun. Here we see the prominent Democrat apparatchik most visibly in need of intensive psychiatric treatment — DNC Chairman Howard "Mad Howie" Dean — accuse unhinged MSNBC Obamunist Chris "Tingles" Matthews of being a "crazy person" for observing that it's crazy to pretend that Massachusetts elected Scott Brown in a show of support for the ObamaCare bill he campaigned on killing:
Only Mad Howie could make Tingles look like the voice of reason.
Via NewsBusters, on a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:30 PM
Al Gore's lie-choked An Inconvenient Truth is finally making itself useful — by giving Britons something to burn while they endure the exceptionally cold winter that has been making a mockery of the Goracle's hysterical claims:
In all seriousness, Brits really have been burning used books to stay warm. They'd better stop generating carbon; we wouldn't want global warming to get any worse.
Hat tip: Riehl World View, on a tip from Hamdem183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:21 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:57 AM
Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, reveals what delusional dimwits Charlie Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell have surmised all along — the Muslim atrocities of September 11 may have been staged.
I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is evidence that the attacks were staged.
How does he know?
If they can make Avatar, they can make anything.
Likewise, if an unhinged kook like James Cameron can get the whole planet to watch his dopey leftist propaganda, people can swallow anything.
Speaking at a conference in support of the Palestinian terror state, Mahathir then aimed his vitriol at the floundering post turtle moonbats only recently regarded as their messiah:
I am a bit disappointed because so far none of his promises have been kept. He promised to get out from Afghanistan but he ended up sending more troops there instead.
He promised to close down Guantanamo but he has not closed down Guantanamo.
More importantly, 95% of Americans are still waiting for the lower taxes we were repeatedly promised.
Mahathir is also miffed that Comrade Obama hasn't managed to rid the world of Israel. With even nuts like this turning on him, Dear Reader won't need his teleprompter to tell him that his days of coasting on hype are over.
On a tip from Scott.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:57 AM
Following up on MaryHunter's post, Chuck Schumer is apoplectic that the Supreme Court has recognized the right of business groups to participate in democracy, and is going to hold hearings into a ruling he calls "Un-American."
"I think it's an un-American decision," Schumer said at a press conference Thursday. "I think when the American people understand what this radical decision has meant they will be even more furious and concerned about special interest influence in politics than they are today."
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) says that new corporate spending abilities would only ensure "citizens voices are drowned out." This is rich, coming from the same party that closed its townhall meetings to regular citizens.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:15 AM
Key elements of that First Amendment-crushing McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform law have just been struck down by the Supreme Court:
In a broad 5-4 decision in Citizens United vs. FEC, the Court found unconstitutional provisions in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that prevented corporate and labor union money from funding some kinds of political communication. Under the ruling these groups may now fund political advertisements out of their general treasuries.
The decision overturns Austin vs. Michigan Chamber of Commerce and part of McConnell vs. FEC, which separated individual and collective campaign contributions into two legal classes and restricted the latter. But it upholds restrictions on direct contributions by corporate bodies to candidates, as well as requirements that the funding sources of political advertisements be disclosed to the public.
SCOTUS wonks can find the decision here.
Senator Chuck-U Schumer is foaming at the mouth about this.
"I think it's an un-American decision," Schumer said at a press conference Thursday. "I think when the American people understand what this radical decision has meant they will be even more furious and concerned about special interest influence in politics than they are today."
Just as furious, I suppose, as we were from the last 8 years of Bush-Cheney, that caused them to vote Scott Brown into office in Massachusetts. As Rush said, "You know it's a great decision if Chuck-U Schumer hates it."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:55 AM
There's been a coup, have you heard? It's the CIA coup. The CIA runs everything, they run the military. They're the ones who are over there lobbing missiles and bombs on countries. ... And of course the CIA is every bit as secretive as the Federal Reserve. ... And yet think of the harm they have done since they were established [after] World War II. They are a government unto themselves. They're in businesses, in drug businesses, they take out dictators ... We need to take out the CIA.
I sort of agree with shutting down the CIA, but for the opposite reason; not because they're too powerful, because they are incompetent nincompoops. I'd like to see it replaced with something way more badass.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:45 AM
Unmanned Drone Aircraft have been an incredibly effective weapon in killing terrorists and breaking their stuff. They are credited with the kills of several high-value Al Qaeda targets. So, naturally, the ACLU is out to shut them down.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
The left-wing fanatics running our government are doing their very best to recreate the halcyon days of big government liberalism — the Great Depression. Comrade Obama's latest assault on the economy:
President Obama called on Congress Thursday to expand the government's ability to limit the size and complexity of major financial institutions… He cast his proposals as a way to prevent banks from becoming too bloated and taking on risks that ultimately threaten the economy.
Could he mean risks like being forced by the government to make loans based on ethnicity to people almost certain not to pay them back? Of course not.
We now live in the kind of the country where the government puts a gun to bankers heads' and forces them to make bad loans to its supporters, then shoots them for making bad loans.
The esteemed financial expert Barack Obama, who learned all he knows about economics by hanging out with Marxist professors, has decided
to restrict proprietary trading by commercial banks. Such a limit would separate commercial banks from investment banks, a line that was blurred a decade ago by the repeal of the Depression era Glass-Steagall Act.
Disgustingly, Republicans may cooperate with this socialist punk's war on the "fat cats" who make our economy function.
[Treasury Secretary and slimy incompetent tax cheat Timothy] Geithner met with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Tuesday. Administration officials now believe that while Republicans may seek to block other aspects of the president's agenda, McConnell is considering making financial regulation an exception.
The stock market reacts:
God help this country if it ends up with what it deserves for electing the current government.
On a tip from Varla.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM
The "public servants" who have been grinding the soles of their loafers into our faces as they usurp our liberties and spend the nation into bankruptcy are sworn to uphold the Constitution. Yet evidence accrues that they aren't more than vaguely familiar with this "deeply flawed" document:
Our country is embodied in its Constitution — and the worst enemy it has ever faced is the gang of power-grabbing statists currently controlling the government. The struggle to push them back is only just beginning.
On tips from Incitatus.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:16 AM
Following on the heels of this instructive post, we bring you another installment of...
Check out this e-mail, sent out just this morning by Mitch Stewart of Organizing for America, the DNC's
grass-roots astroturf fundraising campaign:
Yesterday's disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration.
We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn't take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way.
We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn't stir up controversy. But changes that aren't controversial rarely solve the problem.
Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy.
The President isn't walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own.
But it won't be easy. Real change never is. For that reason, I am grateful you're part of this fight with us.
Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
Many pundits have argued that liberal Democrat and RINO senators and congressfolk across the nation are petrified over last Tuesday and will put the breaks on the Hopeychange agenda, realizing that the Massachusetts Miracle could happen again in any state, in any district. That's a fair assumption, at least for those who are vulnerable come November.
Some people even think that the Scott Brown victory will be a wake-up call to Dear Leader, that he might actually move to the center, from where he led many independents to believe he would govern if elected. But it is also entirely likely that monkeys will fly out of Michelle's butt before that happens.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:20 AM
Below the break are a pair of videos in which terrorist-sympathizing CNN dingbat Christiane Amanpour and some Albionese toady are utterly devastated by Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, making the point that waterboarding isn't torture, terrorists are not entitled to Geneva Convention protections, and that lefties put their sanctimony above saving lives.
Hat Tip: Michelle "Mashed up Bag of Meat" Malkin.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:51 AM
Responding to growing concern over the spread of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Wednesday to ban both the import and interstate transport of the python and eight other snake species, all large constrictors.
However, the State Department's infamous 'Diversity Visa' program is still up and running, and open to people from terror states like Yemen and Syria. And Zero's State Department recently issued visas to two "prominent Muslim scholars" with ties to terrorist groups. And for those who can't even get those visas, the southern border remains wide open.
Like Napolitano said, the system works.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM
Democrats have altered course a little, and now are acknowledging that voters are angry. But the elites in the party still are still
in denial suffering cranial rectal inversion about what the public is angry about. Jim Geraghty explains it concisely.
Democratic Establishment: We know you're angry, and we share that anger! We're mad as hell at the fat cats, the Wall Street bankers, and the big corporations!
Voters: Actually, we're angry at you.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:39 AM
(For those who don't remember, Roger Ebert is one the Top 25 Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians.)
Hat tip: Sondra K
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
Q. What irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, teabagging redneck wrote the following?
This health-care plan is going to be a fiscal disaster for the country. Most of the country wanted to deal with costs, not expansion of coverage. This is going to raise costs dramatically.
A. Well, the title kind of gave it away, it's lefty journalist Mort Zuckerman... who goes on to eviscerate Obama for using corrupt, Chicago-style politics to impose a radical left agenda instead of taking a pragmatic approach to helping solve the country's problems.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:19 AM
Now that voter discontent has appeared in the bluest of blue states, and it's focused on the president's handling of terror, taxes, and health care, it's become much harder to marginalize Tea Party activists and other critics of the administration as:
"extremist mobs" by the Democratic National Committee, pawns of the insurance industry by Senator Dick Durbin, "un-American" by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, "brownshirts" by Representative Brian Baird of Washington, "manufactured" and "Astroturf" by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, "evilmongers" by Senator Harry Reid, accused of "fear-mongering" by the president, and been deemed "political terrorists" by Representative Baron Hill of Indiana.
Democrats fooled themselves into believing the town-hall/Tea Party caricature and ignored the feelings of real Americans.
No, you think?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:05 AM
I heard a lib caller on the radio today call in to debate with the host on ObamaCare. Each time the host pointed out that the administration's proposed solution would be costly and ineffective, all the lib could say was, "This is America, we have to take care of sick people." Which is, unfortunately, the hollow rhetoric supporters of the plan are reduced to.
While I could reiterate all the other arguments against health care "reform" as represented by the two current bills, I don't have to. Even if the bills did all the things their supporters claim, they will still cost trillions of dollars to implement; and we don't have the money. As a nation, we're broke. We simply cannot afford a massive new government entitlement... at least not until the existing ones are massively reformed.
Also, there are people who want to pass some version of either of the POS bills in Congress just for the sake of giving Dear Reader an accomplishment; to spite those they claim want to defeat the bill just because "they want him to fail." Aren't those really just two sides of the same coin? How is passing a bad bill out of spite any better than blocking a good bill (if there were one) out of spite?
It may be all for naught. Since the Scott Brown election, there is at least a possibility of killing this monstrosity and proceeding with more moderate and cost effective reforms to the system. It may be premature to break out the music, but...
January 20, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:58 PM
Speaking of "intellectual development"...
A recent study tries to help us understand just why most university professors are liberals. The conclusion: typecasting, akin to one theory as to why so few men choose to be nurses, which is considered (rightly or wrongly) as a traditional woman's job. If you can imagine the typical leftist professorial snob, it's easy to understand why any sensible conservative would want to decisively typecast themselves as anything BUT a professor.
The gnomish Greg Gutfeld has some brilliant comments on the topic (including tenure), with an engaging panel discussion afterward.
Whether the NYT article reports a valid analysis or a pot of sociologist's evening sewage, we must take this moment to profoundly thank any and all sensible, non-idealistic professors out there. Since, after all, that's what's really important: not the ideology of an educator per se, but their ability to suppress their ideology and educate our impressionable youth in an unbiased manner.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 PM
Olbermann Watch provides insight into the echo chamber of rabid yapping that serves a certain leading liberal for a mind:
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:12 AM
Both a Venezuelan state-owned radio and television properties zeroed in on a secret U.S. "weapon of earthquakes" as the cause of the earthquake that struck Haiti last week...
For those keeping track, the Haitian Earthquake has been on Devil Worship (Pat Robertson), Global Warming (Danny Glover), and now Yankee Imperialism.
But curiously, George W. Bush and Karl Rove have so far escaped blame. Oh, wait, apparently even though experts knew for years that Haiti was on an active earthquake fault, the Bush Administration did nothing to save us from the danger of Plate Tectonics.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:35 AM
Just because Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, just because Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that any future Senate ObamaCare bill is DOA, doesn't mean that our nation's health care is safe. Ignoring Nancy Pelosi's threats for the moment, there are other, more insidious forces that are eroding the future of American medicine. The type of medical innovation that made America's medical system the envy of the world in many ways -- especially as regards drug discovery -- is poised to be thwarted by the very Dear Leader who claimed to want top notch, affordable care for all Americans. Sure, the industry has been Dear Leader's whipping boy as far back as the 2008 campaign:
Indeed, Mr. Obama has chosen his enemies with care. During the election of 2008, he routinely bludgeoned health insurers and drug companies. He stopped berating the pharmaceuticals when they pledged millions to back his top priority, health reform. The insurers remain a convenient whipping boy, disliked as they are by anyone who's ever had a claim rejected.
The drug companies also are likely to return to the bad list as soon as health reform is resolved. Any group that is rich and generally disliked will almost certainly be eyed for a tax increase by the president.
Obama's populist attacks are going as limp as Michelle's rotten organic veggies this frozen winter, but his political appointments to the FDA are his covert means of attacking those Evil Drug Companies. Just examine some of their qualifications:
The vast majority of FDA employees are civil servants; unlike some other federal agencies, FDA has only a handful of political appointees, but most of President Obama's choices for them have been radical and inappropriate:
Joshua Sharfstein, deputy FDA commissioner, who will, in effect, direct all day-to-day operations of the agency, has a history of anti-drug-industry bias that dates from his days in medical school.
Ralph S. Tyler is a newly appointed general counsel whose main qualification seems to be that he is a crony of Mr. Sharfstein's. This is a position that demands an independent, smart lawyer who is highly knowledgeable about food-and-drug law, but Mr. Tyler's last job was as insurance commissioner of Maryland. He lacks any experience with FDA-related legal issues, and he surely will be in the pocket of his buddy Mr. Sharfstein.
Peter Lurie, senior policy adviser, who previously was at the rabidly anti-drug, anti-industry, self-styled public-interest group Public Citizen. The appointment of someone with similarly strong pro-industry views would be widely condemned.
Lynn Goldman, science adviser. This is a risible choice because while she was a senior EPA official in the Clinton administration, Ms. Goldman never met a regulation she didn't like and oversaw extremely radical, unscientific policy- and decision-making, especially toward chemicals and biotechnology. She grossly misrepresented agency biotechnology policy in published statements. Her appointment is another illustration of the inside-the-Beltway adage that no bad deed goes unrewarded.
If the likes of Sharfstein, Tyler, Lurie and Goldman are allowed to run rough shot over the regulation-scape of the FDA, you can say good bye to competitiveness and innovation in this crucial industry, which is so critical to keeping our nation's medical care second to none.
Mr. Obama's choices for pivotal positions are a time bomb more devastating than that wielded by any terrorist. Throughout the government - policy by policy, decision by decision - his minions will damage the nation's competitiveness, ability to innovate and capacity to create wealth. They exemplify what Newsweek and Washington Post contributing editor Robert Samuelson has called a "parody of leadership." Perhaps, like the Christmas Day terrorist, these appointees will succeed only in setting their own pants on fire - but that's not the kind of change we were promised.
Even with the Massachusetts Miracle and the potential for an even more profound realignment come November against Obama, the Democrats, and their progressive policies, the damage that Dear Leader can inflict in the name of his Hopeychange Socialism is worth fearing.
Assisted with tips from Bergbiker and Penelope.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM
Sweet Land of Liberty, this was once called; and it will be again — provided our current government is run out of Washington. Under Comrade Obama, America is dropping like a stone on the Index of Economic Freedom.
This year, of the world's 20 largest economies, the U.S. suffered the largest drop in overall economic freedom. … Scores declined in seven of the 10 categories of economic freedom. Losses were particularly significant in the areas of financial and monetary freedom and property rights. Driving it all were the federal government's interventionist responses to the financial and economic crises of the last two years, which have included politically influenced regulatory changes, protectionist trade restrictions, massive stimulus spending and bailouts of financial and automotive firms deemed "too big to fail." These policies have resulted in job losses, discouraged entrepreneurship, and saddled America with unprecedented government deficits.
In the world-wide rankings of economic freedom, the U.S. fell to eighth from sixth place. Canada now ranks higher and boasts North America's freest economy. More worrisome, for the first time in the Index's 16-year history, the U.S. has fallen out of the elite group of countries identified as "economically free" by the objective measures of the Index.
This is terrible news for patriots — and would be for liberals too, if they wanted what they say they want:
Citizens of economically freer countries enjoy much higher per-capita incomes on average than those who live in less free economies. Economic freedom also has positive impacts on overall quality of life, political and social conditions, and even on protection of the environment. Perhaps of most significance in these hard times, Index data indicate that freer economies do a much better job of reducing poverty than more highly regulated economies. …
President Obama professes desire to foster prosperity, environmental protection, poverty reduction and better health care. How ironic, then, that his economic proposals so consistently ignore or even undermine the one system — free enterprise capitalism — that has proven best able to achieve those goals.
Unfortunately liberalism is not about reducing poverty or preserving the environment, or liberals would embrace economic freedom. It is about control for the sake of control — or as George Orwell put it, "a boot stamping on a human face."
Now America's once high-flying economy is barely crawling forward. Americans deserve better, and they can do better — as soon as they reverse course and start regaining the economic freedom that made America the most prosperous country in the world.
If we don't, we will continue plunging toward the bottom of the index, where North Korea has achieved last place by taking progressive politics farther than any other country. In this moonbat utopia, people shiver and starve in the darkness, terrified of their own government.
Thank you Massachusetts, for helping to lead us away from the abyss and back toward greatness by rejecting Obamunism and electing Scott Brown.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:19 AM
Obama's "Green Jobs Czar" — the self-avowed communist and "rowdy black nationalist" Van Jones — was driven out of office by Glenn Beck's exposés having spend $60 billion to create exactly 0 green jobs. As even the Obama sycophants at Newsreek sheepishly admitted, no one could even define a green job at the time. But now one has been found — and it is "stimulating" the economy with $2.4 million of our money. The lucky recipient of the green job is none other than discredited Global Warming hoaxer Michael Mann:
Mr. Mann is the creator of the famous hockey stick graph, which purported to show some 900 years of minor temperature fluctuations, followed by a spike in temperatures over the past century. His work, which became a short-term sensation when seized upon by Al Gore, was later discredited. Mr. Mann made the climate spotlight again last year as a central player in the emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, which showed climatologists massaging data, squelching opposing views, and hiding their work from the public.
It looks like Comrade Obama's obscene Porkulus looting spree saved or created a job after all — by showering Mann with grant money:
Mr. Mann came by his grants via the National Science Foundation, which received $3 billion in stimulus money. Last June, the foundation approved a $541,184 grant to fund work "Toward Improved Projections of the Climate Response to Anthropogenic Forcing," which will contribute "to the understanding of abrupt climate change." Principal investigator? Michael Mann.
He received another grant worth nearly $1.9 million to investigate the role of "environmental temperature on the transmission of vector-borne diseases." Mr. Mann is listed as a "co-principal investigator" on that project. Both grants say they were "funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009."
Just as no one is asking what Van Jones did with our $60 billion meant to create green jobs, there seem to be no demands that the con artist Mann be cut off from the pipeline of free federal money.
But not to worry: Penn State — into which Mann's climate swindle has diverted $zillions in public funds — is holding a top secret investigation into his misconduct. I'm sure the university will denounce him as the fraud he is and give us all our money back — right after Obama fulfills his promise of lowering taxes for 95% of Americans, Queef Olbermann quits his job to enlist in the Marines, and a flock of flying pigs blots out the sun.
On a tip from Varla.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:40 AM
AIDS-addled drama empress Andrew Sullivan posts the following letter from an equally deranged reader, who is apoplectic over the people's recent expression of their will:
I can't remember the last time I felt such overwhelming rage toward a group of people as I have felt toward the Republican Party and the conservative movement since President Obama's election. I simply cannot grasp what motivates these people, what compels them to thwart even the smallest attempts to clean up the enormous destruction they wrought under Bush and Cheney. Irresponsible, hateful, mendacious, sleazy, destructive - these words do not even begin to describe them. I am unemployed and have not found a new job after almost a year of searching. I have a mortgage. I also have a preexisting medical condition, thanks to emergency surgery I had to undergo nearly 18 months ago. My unemployment benefits expire in five months, my COBRA not long after. Like untold millions of Americans, I am preparing for the worst as the economy slogs through its agonizing turnaround. I voted for Obama with proud but open eyes, knowing full well not just the magnitude of the tasks he faced, but the pure, unrestrained malevolence of his opposition. Health care reform will unquestionably help people like me. And now some low-rent hairdo, whose sole claim to fame is posing naked for some ladies' magazine way back when, may happily destroy whatever chance this country has at moving in a more just, humane, and morally and fiscally responsible direction. As you stated, the Republican Party of this new century is shot through with nihilists. Unabashed nihilists. But what leaves me shaking with anger damn near every day since President Obama's inauguration is the pure smugness and nonchalance of their nihilism. Palin, McConnell, DeMint, Boehner, Cantor, Rubio, Scott Brown and the rest of the Ailes- and Limbaugh-warped GOP: Would you trust any one of these goons to greet you at Wal-Mart, much less govern our country? The question answers itself. They literally care nothing for America. They have spent the past decade doubling the national debt, running up record deficits, indulging the depradations of Wall Street, expanding Medicare by a trillion dollars while refusing to cover the cost, needlessly and shamelessly cutting taxes by two trillion dollars while again refusing to cover the cost, degrading the Army and Marine Corps to the point where it will take them both at least a decade to recover, jailing and torturing detainees and lying about it, manipulating intelligence in order to invade Iraq out of some sick neocon thirst for vanity and glory. I could go on, but that would take hours, and only make me angrier. Suffice to say that Republicans lecturing the country about fiscal responsibilty, economic recovery, governing - or anything else, for that matter - would be like Mick Jagger lecturing Mother Teresa about excessive promiscuity. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney were thankfully not present at America's founding. But their political descendants will certainly be present at America's demise.
Queen Andrianna is fond of posting messages from painfully obvious concern trolls, but there is so much red meat in this message to pick apart ... an Obama supporter complaining about Bush's deficits? WTF ... I thought I'd toss it out there.
Update: Artfldgr has eviscerated this moonbat temper tantrum brilliantly in the comments.
For me it's the "shaking with anger every day" part that makes me laugh. Since the Teleprompter Reader was sworn in, the outrages of incompetence and outright malevolence from his administration have been almost daily, but I have never once "shaken with anger" at anything Obama did. Even in the toughest times, you gotta laugh.
Update: Nunya asks where the jobs are. It's a very good question.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:18 AM
New York's economy is suffocating under an outrageously excessive tax burden second only to New Jersey's. So naturally Governor David Paterson plans to solve the problem by jacking up taxes by $1 billion. New taxes will include:
A $1 increase in the cigarette tax, raising the state tax to $3.75.
A new soda tax that will cost consumers 1-cent per ounce — a 16-ounce bottle will cost 16 cents more, a 64-ounce bottle 64 cents more.
The governor also plans to legalize and sanction [and tax, of course] cage fighting.
He also plans to introduce 50 speed cameras, to rake in fines up to $100. A similar program to raise revenues in Arizona has the public fuming — New Yorkers aren't likely to like it any better.
Just as the clueless moonbat Coupe Deval Patrick — a David Axelrod-designed Obama prototype — helped bring about the Brown Revolution with his incompetence, Paterson and other oblivious Dems are paving the way for the revolution to spread in November.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 AM
Let's check in with our old friends Charles and Kayla to see how they're reacting to Obamunism being decisively turned back by the Massachusetts Miracle:
On a tip from John L.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:52 AM
Heroin laced with anthrax has killed seven users in Europe and sickened eight others. Some call it terrorism, but is it really terrorism to kill people who were already killing themselves?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:42 AM
Reid is the gentlest and most patient soul in the U.S. Senate and his presence there in a colony of bull walruses is a tribute to Nevada. He's a soft-spoken man from hardscrabble roots in the mining town of Searchlight who possesses Western honesty and openness and a degree of modesty startling for a senator, and if he goes down to defeat to some big bass drum, the Republic will be the poorer for it.
Get a room.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:38 AM
EW: "'Avatar' is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool."
JC: "Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in eco-terrorism."
Let's hope for Cameron's sake that no one burns down his house and movie studio on behalf of the polar bears.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:29 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Lefties Resembling Shaved Hamsters,
Keith Olbermann has a simple explanation for why Martha Coakley lost. It's not because her campaign was lousy, and it's not because voters wanted to restore balance and restrain the too-big-for-its-britches Obamacrat government. It's because Massachusetts voters are racists.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:10 AM
On a similar note, oh how sweet it would have been to be a fly on the wall in the White House last night, around 9:45 Eastern, when the race was called for Scott Brown.
On a tip from funkendunkel.
January 19, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:34 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:42 PM
Out with the old...
...in with the new.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:39 PM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:50 PM
At or about 5:30 PM, the Coakley campaign issued a press release alleging that Republicans were engaged in vote fraud and that ballots pre-marked for Scott Brown were handed out outside polling places.
Notice anything peculiar about the press release?
That's right, it's dated yesterday, the day before the election.
Unless Scott Brown wins by a decisive margin, there is apparently a strategy in place to allege fraud and then have a recount... in which bundles of votes from Democrat districts will mysteriously appear in weeks after the election in numbers sufficient to put the Democrat over the top. Which is exactly what happened in the elections of Al Franken and Christine Gregoire.
Did I mention that Martha Coakley has hired Marc Elias, the head recount lawyer for Franken and also worked on Gregoire's recount?
Is it paranoid to think that something that happened before could happen again under similar circumstances?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:06 PM
As this linked video clip from Real Cear Politics shows, Martha Coakley's Campaign Office employees have gone the extra mile to make the media feel welcome today, especially the "fascist" media -- whoever they are. [Were these reporters from Fox? Can't find it anywhere. -TMH]
Yet more musings on the race to redwash some decrepid blue furniture:
The special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat should have been a day at the beach for Democrat Martha Coakley in a state so overwhelmingly Democratic that no Republican has won a Senate election since 1972. Until a month ago, Coakley, the state's attorney general, led Republican state senator Scott Brown by 30 percentage points, though not because of a good campaign or a gripping profile.
Brown may have peaked too soon, waking up complacent Democrats in time to get to the polls. But Coakley may not have to lose for Obama to lose moderate Democrats. A handful will surely find their inner Joe Lieberman. Obama could give Nebraska residents free Medicaid, Medicare and individual trips to Disneyland and still not keep Senator Ben Nelson's health-care vote.
Senator Blanche Lincoln was already a nervous wreck. If a Kennedy-endorsed candidate can lose in Massachusetts over health care, what could the voters of Arkansas do to her?
If Brown should win today's special election, you can believe the most extreme analysis on the craziest cable show. In Massachusetts, voters saw what Obama is doing and went out to stop it.
That said, this does not mean that a Coakley victory would be a vindication of ObamaCare, Obamanomics, or the whole Obamanation. It would only mean that, in the end, the Democrat machine will stop at nothing -- leave no dead person unregistered, no reporter unthwarted -- in order to cling to power.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
Even if Massachusetts comes through for America and elects Scott Brown, Democrats might still seize control of the healthcare industry, setting our economy into a death spiral toward socialism. They may not need to enrage the public by stalling on letting Brown take his seat, or by resorting to "reconciliation." If they can get just one Republican turncoat, they can push this outrage past a filibuster — and even give the media a pretext to pretend ObamaCare is bipartisan.
Who could be such a treasonous scoundrel other than Benedict Arlen Specter, who already defected to the Democrat Party? Let's hope George Voinovich couldn't.
Voinovich is officially opposed to Big Government shoving the economy off a cliff by nationalizing healthcare at a cost we can't even begin to afford. But he's meeting today with Chairman Zero, who is famous for making recalcitrant legislators offers they don't seem able to refuse.
If Voinovich turns traitor, and next year a new "stimulus" bill paves every street in Ohio with gold borrowed from China, we'll know what happened.
Maybe he'll hold firm, but just to be on the safe side, constituents are encouraged to remind him where the overwhelming majority of the public stands on healthcare nationalization.
Washington, D.C. Office:
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Main: (202) 224-3353
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:42 AM
Jonah Goldberg NRO excerpts a Denver Post interview with Colorado Socialist Progressive Michael Huttner (a Huffington Post contributor). You know how lefty drama trolls whine that we at Moonbattery rely on unfair caricatures of progressives to smear the movement; well, Michael Huttner is the kind of sanctimonious progressive twit who validates the stereotype.
This quote encapsulates moonbat progressivism nicely.
We have a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. We took them trick-or-treating and it was great. And the next day we took their bags of candy and gave them to the homeless. They couldn't have been more excited about it.
So, he thinks he's brilliant and compassionate because he gave other people's candy to a bunch of bums.
Yup, that's progressive liberalism.
The kind of guy who thinks Keith Olbermann is a towering intellect.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:29 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:08 AM
As a drunken, philandering Democrat from the left fringe of his party, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom feels a special kinship with Ted Kennedy, and appears to have his antennae more finely attuned to the implication of the Brown-Coakley race than his fellow Demonrats.
"We better get our act together - and quickly," Newsom said. Voters "are so angry. They don't feel that we're paying attention to their needs, in terms of their jobs, and what's going on at the grassroots, in their neighborhoods."
"This is real," he said. "At our own peril, we dismiss these tea parties as ... some sort of isolated extremism. ... It's not."
He's got the right diagnoses, unfortunately, he will conclude with the wrong prescription; more government programs and more taxes to pay for them.
Later in the article, Nanny Rictus Botox Pelosi says she's not worried, because the Democrats have confidence in their 2010 campaign strategy of smearing Republicans 24/7; the same strategy that worked so well for Governor Corzine, Governor Deeds, and Senator Coakley.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM
The next target in Comrade Obama's blitzkrieg against the economic freedom that made America wealthy is our retirement accounts:
President Barack Obama is calling for establishing automatic workplace pensions and expanding unemployment insurance as part of his spending plan for the U.S. Labor Department next fiscal year. We liken this to an "Obama 401k Plan."
The budget "lays the groundwork for future establishment of a system of automatic workplace pensions, to operate alongside Social Security, that is expected to dramatically increase" retirement and personal savings, Obama's Office of Management and Budget said in its outline, without giving details on the costs.
Sure it will.
The troubling thing to me is that the government would pay a 3% fixed interest rate on the accounts as opposed to the diverse mutual fund offerings in a traditional 401k plan. In effect, this would create a "Social Security" type structure to your retirement, IRA, or 401k.
The lack of equity options in your 401k plan would dramatically affect the possible returns, especially over an extended period of time. Just think, the average equity return over the stock market's history is somewhere between 9-11%. Do you think that you would be happy with 3%?
Just think of it as a vast expansion of the Social Security system that is already staggering toward bankruptcy — and another chance for Obama and friends to advance "social justice" by making us poor and dependent on what the government decides to let us have.
On a tip from Nancz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM
Scott Brown has his work cut out for him today — and not only because Massachusetts is the Death Star of the entrenched liberal elite. The closer progressives' backs get to the wall, the more inevitably they will cheat. The foundation for fraud has already been laid:
Massachusetts had 116,483 dead people on its voter registration rolls and another 538,567 people who were no longer living at the addresses on their registrations, according to a study released Oct. 28, by Aristotle International Inc., a nonpartisan political technology and data firm. …
The study that Aristotle released on Oct. 28 surveyed voter registrations in all 50 states. It found that Massachusetts ranked among the states having the worst problems with "deadwood" voters.
The lefties who run the Democrat machine can be counted on to cheat for several reasons:
1. There is nothing in their shallow, nihilistic philosophy to give them moral qualms.
2. Their hero Saul Alinsky assures them that the end justifies the means.
3. As people become increasingly enraged at what was passed off on them in November 2008, fraud will be Dems' only chance.
There isn't much question whether cheating will occur. The questions are whether the Democrat establishment will be called to account by a sympathetic media, and whether the people will put up with it.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM
The Croakley campaign's physical intimidation tactics didn't end with her aide Michael Meehan shoving Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack to the ground. This happened yesterday in Springfield, Massachusetts:
A cameraman working on a ballot integrity initiative with Americans for Limited Government Foundation was wrapped up in a large Martha Coakley campaign sign by her supporters as he tried to video the campaign rally.
According to Erich Heyssel, who was attempting to film a Coakley campaign event, "While filming at a Martha Coakley event I was approached by two men holding a 4×8 sign. They proceeded to hold the sign up in my line of sight, I tried to move, and was continuously blocked by these men and their sign."
Heyssel continued, "The situation escalated as they forcibly held me in place by wrapping the sign around me."
Dan Tripp, the project leader for Americans for Limited Government Foundation's coverage of the Massachusetts special election, defended Heyssel, saying, "Martha Coakley needs to calm down her bullies."
Tripp said "things could get ugly out there tomorrow as tensions rise in this close election. As we seek to identify, publicize and prevent election fraud tomorrow, I have instructed my crews to travel in teams. If Erich had been alone, this could have been worse."
Yet according to the MSNBC's amazing talking cockroach Queef Olbermann, Scott Brown is the one who supports violence.
Now why wouldn't Croakley supporters want people with cameras around?
On a tip from Cheetah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:27 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:40 AM
MSDNC's entire primetime line-up is in a state of near meltdown over the possibility of a Scott Brown upset in Massachusettes (sic). Ed Schultz openly advocates voter fraud. Chris Matthews longs for the days of Democrat vote buying. And Queen of the Douchepeople Keith Olbermann bestows this bit of calm, objective journalism.
"In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees."
If Scott Brown pulls the election out, staffers at MSDNC are going to have to show up to work wearing HazMat suits and those little badges that turn red when you receive a lethal dose of radiation.
Update from Ace:
He calls Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman."
He just hit every box on my checklist of Pure Awesome.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:25 AM
But even this secret Yankee fan doesn't mind shaking hands with the unwashed peasants in front of Fenway.
Okay, calling him a Yankee fan won't float, just as it didn't float with Curt Schilling. But he's worse than a Yankee fan — he's Bill Buckner, who blew the 1986 World Series by letting a grounder roll between his legs:
Vote wisely, Massachusetts. Remember,
Marcia Martha and the rest of our liberal elite rulers will be just crushed if she doesn't win.
Via The Nose on Your Face. On a tip from TED.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:19 AM
You've seen the disgust rising deep in the throats of the American public in response to the broken promises of health care reform "transparency." The backroom dealings in Congress alone likely extend well beyond Sen. Mary Landrieu's "Louisiana Purchase" and Sen. Ben Nelson's "Cornhusker Kickback," the latter of which is reportedly being challenged by 15 state prosecutors. But this congressional payoff gig is small-time. How about the giveaway that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are planning for the unions? The proposed exemption of union employees from the Cadillac healthcare insurance tax amounts to a $59 billion transfer of wealth to unions.
It is unconscionable that $59 billion will be extracted from taxpayers and others to subsidize labor unions. The Obama administration and Congress are now planning on taking $15 billion more from hospitals and $10 billion more from pharmaceutical makers to cover part of this fortune. But there is no reason hospital and drug costs should go up to subsidize unions.
This transfer of wealth to unions has become part of a pattern. Over the last year, the unions have been given a long string of massive wealth transfers. Take the government forcing GM and Chrysler bondholders to forfeit their legal right to be the lead creditors so that auto unions could get large shareholdings in both companies through bankruptcy. Similarly, the stimulus package placed all sorts of restrictions on how the money could be spent, requiring that much of the spending go only to unionized workers.
With only about 12.4% of the American workforce unionized (16.1 million as of 2008), how will this massive, vote-buying wealth redistribution program to a distinct yet vociferous minority of U.S. workers play among the rest of the workforce when the next election rolls around?
The tin ears of Obama and the Demonrat Congressional leaders are only exceeded by their profound hubris. Regardless of what happens in the battle for
Teddy Kennedy's the people's Senate seat in Massachusetts, the writing is on the wall: Americans will have none of this.
Brit Hume said on Fox News recently that, perhaps it would be the best thing for the Democrats if Scott Brown actually won the race and, by killing their filibuster-proof Senate majority, could allow the Republicans to shut down the most radical elements of their agenda such as ObamaCare and Cap and Trade. Perhaps some vulnerable Democrat seats might even be saved come November, if the brakes are put on their dangerous statist agenda. With all due respect to Mr. Hume, another train has already left the station, and it's bearing a bold flag with a cruel serpent that reads DON'T TREAD ON ME.
Image hat tip: GraniteGrok
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:48 AM
John Ratzenberger --- not the Pope --- made an impassioned speech in favor of Scott Brown the other day, in which he spoke some harsh truths.
This isn't the Democratic Party of our fathers and grandfathers. This is the party of Woodstock hippies. I was at Woodstock -- I built the stage. And when everything fell apart, and people were fighting for peanut-butter sandwiches, it was the National Guard who came in and saved the same people who were protesting them. So when Hillary Clinton a few years ago wanted to build a Woodstock memorial, I said it should be a statue of a National Guardsman feeding a crying hippie.
He may be a B-List celebrity, but he's making sense here.
The Democrat Party, if it ever was a working man's party, certainly isn't any more. They make a few rhetorical feints in the direction of "working families," but, invariably, their policies leave real working families worse off. They have become, simply, the party of big government. And the last time I looked, small business owners and working families were getting hammered by the recession... while Tim Geithner's buddies at Goldman Sachs were making out like bandits, thanks to deficit-funded bailouts.
There's a reason Scott Brown shakes hands outside Fenway Park, and his rallies are filled with middle class working people, while Martha Coakly surrounds herself with fatcat lobbyists, Democrat pols, and union goons.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:47 AM
The Pentagon has released an 80+ page report on the Fort Hood shooting. You remember, the one in which a deranged Islamic Jihadist with ties to a radical mosque and a history of sympathy for Islamic terrorists murdered 14 people while shouting "Allah Akbar!" Well, guess how many times the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "Jihad" appear in the report.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:39 AM
Smart Car sales fell 41% year to year. So, the company, recognizing its primary market is idiots who'll pay a premium for a car that's as safe, stylish and luxurious as a Yugo, has introduced a lease program based on the theory that anyone dumb enough to drive a Smart Car must be economically illiterate as well.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
Good Morning Right Wing Patriots hoping for a Massachusetts Miracle,
Italy is supplying the mullahs in Tehran with weapons. At first, I thought, "Oh, great, another Eurowussian ally stabbing us in the back." Then, I considered Italian military history, and now, I think this may be a brilliant plot by the CIA to render Iran strategically impotent.
January 18, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 PM
Devotees to the moonbattery into which his message has been twisted commemorate MLK in Corpus Christi in 2007. Even Snopes admits this is on the level:
You would think the excruciatingly politically correct liberals who run most if not all television stations would cut this scene before it aired. Apparently they didn't notice anything wrong.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:22 PM
Captain Chinpubes below was spotted at a grand Victory party for Moonbat Houston Mayor Annise Parker. (How do I know she's a moonbat? She didn't kick his sorry ass out on the street immediately.)
- Around the neck is the British Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
- 2 Distinguished Service Cross
- Air Medal
- Flying Cross
- 2 Silver Star
- Bronze Star
- Purple Heart
- National Defense (too bad he didn't make it easy on us and forget this one)
- SAS crest
- CIB w/ 2 stars
- Master jump wings
- Helo pilot badge
- Air assault wings
So, who is this creep? Well, let's just say, he's the kind of colorful character that the progressive left reveres much more than the men and women who wear the uniform with honor.
Michael Patrick McManus, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired
Capt. McManus came out of the closet as a gay man publicly on Saturday May 29, 1993 at a Memorial Weekend Requiem in San Francisco honoring the Unknown Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Soldiers. McManus chose the San Francisco requiem event as the time to come out publicly because he "can no longer be a part of an organization that promotes and supports such blatant discrimination. It is time for people to realize that sexual orientation is a fundamental part of a person's identity, just as being Asian or African-American."
Bouhamer traces McManus's resume and notes some inconsistencies. One commenter noting the lack of any Michael Patrick McManuses in the the directory of the Army Reserves. Another phony soldier, or just a self-aggranidizing drag queen? I can't say. But whether he ever was a soldier or not, his blatant disrespect for the uniform is inappropriate, to say the least.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:07 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:14 PM
If anyone needs proof that Martha Coakley is utterly out of touch within anything beyond the champagne bubble within which limousine leftists reside, and that she lies reflexively without pausing to establish whether her lies are even remotely plausible, here she is claiming that legendary Red Sox pitcher and Yankees nemesis Curt Schilling — who passionately endorses her opponent Scott Brown — is actually a Yankee fan:
This woman's candidacy is the ultimate insult to the people of Massachusetts.
Schilling's reaction, along with some other recent gems from Croakley:
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:58 PM
General Electric — which owns the global warming propaganda machine NBC, and which stands to profit massively if Cap & Trade is inflicted on our economy in the name of this discredited hoax — appears to have expanded its business into bank thermometers:
There you go, moonbats: proof at last that the planet has a fever.
On a tip from Scott.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:57 PM
The US is occupying Haiti under the guise of sending aid to the earthquake-stricken population, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said during his weekly television show on Sunday night, according to a Reuters report.
The news agency quoted Venezuela's leader as saying that he had read that 3,000 US troops were being deployed to Haiti - "marines armed as if they were going to war."
Don't underestimate the strategic importance of Haiti to the capitalist schemes for global domination. As Bill Clinton reminds us, the "No. 1" strategic US interest in Haiti is, um, lots of Haitians got the AIDS.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:48 AM
According to liberals, freedom is oppressive — so this quote from The Guardian's Kevin McKenna should surprise no one:
The ultimate iniquity … is that independent, fee-paying schools are allowed to exist at all.
Not only should everyone be forced to pay for the leftist propaganda served up in place of learning in failed public schools; everyone must be forced to attend. The emphasis on the slowest and least motivated exemplified by the slogan "No child left behind" is bad enough. But what moonbats really want is "No child allowed to escape." This is why Comrade Obama is killing the phenomenally successful voucher program in DC, which is infamous for having among the worst public schools in the country.
David Thompson comment's on McKenna's blatherings:
It offends Mr McKenna that private education should be allowed to exist. How dare some parents want the best for their children when the best is something not everyone can have, or indeed benefit from? Notice that smell? It's the funk of socialist arrogance and nasty urges to control. By Mr McKenna's reckoning, it would be less iniquitous to deny parents the right to use their own money to benefit their own offspring in a private and legal transaction of their own choosing. According to this moral calculus, parents who view the comprehensive system as inadequate — perhaps because of their own first-hand experiences — are by implication wicked. And so they should be stopped. Sadly, the details of how private education would no longer be permitted remain mysterious. Would parents daring to venture outside the state sector be imprisoned or merely fined? Would private education become a black market phenomenon? Nor is it clear whether these totalitarian urges would extend to after-hours tuition, home coaching or the punctual doing of homework.
Despite McKenna's totalitarian daydreams, private education will never be totally eradicated. After all, our socialist rulers need a place to send their own kids.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:10 AM
This just in, from a Martha Coakley phone bank at the Massachusetts Teachers Association headquarters in Boston:
If this video is any indication of the depth of support for Coakley in MassachusettEs, then the desperate visit by Obama yesterday to fire up the base could be yet another Obama Fail, right in line with Dear Leader's efforts in the New Jersey and Virginia gubenatorial elections.
Indeed, there's a significant shift toward Coakley in the absentee vote:
9 percent of voters say they'd already cast a ballot through absentee voting. Brown leads Coakley among this group 58-42.
That's Coakley running 16% behind Brown in the absentee vote - which often is a key indicator for the overall race. Strata-Sphere has more on election predictions along the lines of a 10% loss for Coakley -- a dangerous game, predictions, but amusing nonetheless.
Plus, Fred Barnes notes that, based on Massachusetts law, current holder of
Teddy Kennedy's the people's seat, interim Senator Paul Kirk, appears to be unable to vote in the U.S. Senate for anything after tomorrow's election. If Brown beats Coakley, then we have a sticky wicket, as they say.
Come on, Bay State Patriots, we're pulling for you. It's not too late to donate to the Scott Brown campaign. Make your voice heard in Taxachusetts, wherever you live.
Video courtesy of New Hampshire Watchdog, on a tip from Rush.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:09 AM
At what point can we start calling PBO's Guantanamo Bay/Terrorist Rights policy treason?
Remember, the left tells us the detainees at Club Gitmo are innocent as lambs, just people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and/or are victims of Bushitler's Myrmidon Army. Setting them free and closing Gitmo will make all the terrorists renounce the murder of innocents and embrace hope and change forever and ever.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:37 AM
They more you learn about Comrade Obama's insane Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein, the more terrifying it is that people like this are now running the country. Lew Rockwell reports on Sunstein's strategy for producing covert government propaganda for the sake of dispelling "conspiracy theories":
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and psuedo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories," which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role."
Ironically, this definition of a conspiracy theory would apply perfectly to Sunstein's plan to silence conspiracy theorists, proving that some conspiracy theories are true. For another example, some have been warning for years that the global warming crisis is not just a delusion, but a deliberate hoax intended to enrich unscrupulous scientists and swindlers like Al Gore, and to vastly expand government power. No doubt Sunstein would like to discredit those who discredit this swindle.
On tips from J, Doralee, and Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:50 AM
The National Enquirer — which established itself as more legitimate than the "legitimate" media by bringing us the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story — announces that Comrade Obama's Bitter Half has launched a feud against prominent fellow moonbats Shrillary Rotten and Doprah.
Furious Michelle Obama has declared war on Oprah Winfrey — saying she has proof the talk-show titan is plotting with Hillary Clinton to take the White House from her husband.
"Michelle claims Oprah is a political traitor who has switched her loyalties from President Obama to Hillary and is planning to support her in the next presidential election," divulged a source.
"The president refuses to believe Oprah would turn on him, but Michelle says her sources overheard conversations in which Oprah promised she would throw her money and influence behind Hillary if she decides to run."
Why would Oprah turn on the turtle she helped place on its post?
Michelle is convinced Oprah believed her help getting Obama elected would be repaid by having very close ties to the White House and being an adviser to the first family, according to the source.
"Instead she has been invited only three times, and two of them were for interviews."
Having Shrillary lead the Democrat Party would be an advantage for patriots, because no one who hasn't spent the last 20 years in a cave doesn't know she is corrupt, power-drunk, and thoroughly repugnant. But then, by 2012 the same will go for the Moonbat Messiah.
During Oprah's initial White House interview with the first lady, the frostiness in the air was clearly visible — and the talk queen left "seething," says the source.
The story rings true if only because Michelle Obama is too much of a scorpion to get along with other women. Maybe the next Dem president will make her Secretary of State.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM
Democrats are widely expect to cheat to hold onto the contested Senate seat in Massachusetts — and their strident supporters at MSNBC are egging them on. Here goes Ed Schultz of comrade Obama's favorite network:
If I lived in Massachusetts, I'd try to vote ten times. I don't know if they'd let me or not, but I'd try to. Yeah, that's right, I'd cheat to keep these bastards [i.e., anyone to the right of Karl Marx] out.
Proving Schultz to be no lone loose cannon, Chris "Tingles" Matthews advocates buying votes:
You know in the old days, maybe I shouldn't be harkening back to the old days, if the Democrats faced this kind of a disaster in the works, you'd go back to your ones, the people you were sure are going to vote Democrat, and you'd make sure they got to the polling place, you'd get them lunch, you'd get them a car. … You'd make sure they got there and in some cases you'd be buying people to get them, not officially buying them, but getting them there as block secretaries, as block captains, you'd be getting them there with street money, legitimate but it's a little bit old school.
The only thing old school about Chrissy's strategy is the small amounts of money involved. Obama has been buying support from unions with literally hundreds of $billions of our money.
There is one nice thing about the Age of Obama. The mask is off, so that we can all see the Democrat Party for what it really is.
On tips from J and Incitatus. Hat tip: Hot Air.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:54 AM
The American Left looks at the authoritarian government of Communist China with a mix of wonder and envy. New York Times columnist Thomas Freidman, Professional Teleprompter Reader Barack Obama, and even the America-hating trolls who infest the comments of this weblog openly admire the way Chinese autocrats crush the little people under the treads of progress --- often literally. And they wish the American government could do the same --- abolish property rights, wipe out entire towns, push dissidents into re-education camps --- at least when "progressives" are in power. (When Republicans are in power, even listening into the phone calls of foreign terrorists is horrific repression worse than anything the Nazis ever did.)
We're told that the reason it would be great to have an authoritarian government that crushed the citizenry under its iron fist is because we would get super-awesome economic growth like the Chinese have. (Never mind that the main impediment to economic growth in this country is massive government.) So how well does that crazy central planning work out? Well, great... if you think genius economic policy involves spending billions to be build a city the size of Dallas that no one actually lives in.
Building a city in the middle of nowhere that no one wants to live in is pretty insane, but is it more insane than progressives in the USA borrowing billions from China to bailout the banks after they forced the banks to extend billions in bad mortgage loans to people who couldn't repay them in the name of "social justice?" You tell me.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:39 AM
A new regulation proposed by the California Air Resource Board would fine people $1000 and send them to 6 months in prison for not having car tires inflated to manufacturer's specifications. Drivers would not be allowed to check their own tires - it would have to be done by a professional, at driver expense.
This, BJ, is the kind of bullsh-t the Tea Party Patriots are up in arms about. It isn't "corporate greed" that's bankrupting the country, it's you and your party's lust for absolute micromanagement of every human activity outside the bedroom.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:28 AM
"You need to take back this tea party idea," he told the wildly cheering crowds in Boston and later in Worcester. "They say that the original Boston Tea Party was anti-government, but that is wrong. The Massachusetts Bay Colony had a strong government. They weren't liberal or conservative, they were communitarians, which means they knew we're all in this together. What they opposed was the abuse of power." But the aim of the Republican Party and Senate nominee Brown, he charged, is to "protect the modern abusers of power" - namely, the corporate and financial leaders whose depredations can only be curtailed by strong, responsive government.
BJ, go back to the massage parlor. My guess is BJ knows the above is a load of crap, but it works on the dimbulb, ignorant masses that make up the Democrat base. Neither the Boston Tea Party nor their modern counterparts were "anti-Government," but against Governments that had grown corrupt and repressive, that taxed at a whim, that had grown out-of-touch, that had become a threat to the liberties of their citizenry.
Tea Party Patriots don't want anarchy, we want a Government that is under the command of the people, not vice versa; which is why we are so threatening to statists like BJ Clinton and his power-hungry party.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:10 AM
Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning Peabrained Leftwing Earwigs,
While U.S. Marines and relief agencies are doing the hard work of distributing aid on the ground in Haiti, and ordinary citizens are sending money even though times in our own country are pretty tough, the elite of the entertainment community are responding in their usual way. By reaching deeply into their own vast fortunes? Of course not, silly. Nope, George Clooney and Bono are planning a massive, self-congratulatory benefit show, featuring Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.
Not to be cynical, but wouldn't it be more impressive if, just once, celebrities found a way to help out that didn't involve them being lauded and cheered while other people donate money and did the actual work?
U2 makes over $100 million per tour. George Clooney makes $15 million per awful movie. And we're supposed to be impressed because they put on a show?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:29 AM
If a mere gnomish Fox News commentator can understand that the terrorists win if President Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, you would think that at least someone with the ear of The One could understand this. But then again, The Obamination Administration is all about capitulation on the international stage.
"Renewed moral authority" from Obama's "steady diplomacy"? The only thing steady about Obama's diplomacy is the strain on his lower back from all that bowing.
January 17, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:30 PM
Michelle Obama: redefining overindulgent frumpiness.
Courtesy of Jihad Kitty and Granny Jan.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:32 PM
Martha Coakley expected that once she won the Democrat nomination for Ted Kennedy's senate seat, the election itself would be a mere formality in the thoroughly corrupt, Democrat hegemony of Taxachusettes. Unfortunately, the race unexpectedly turned competitive, and Coakley responded with a series of idiotic gaffes about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan, sending out mailers using the WTC as a symbol of capitalist greed, lying and smearing Scott Brown in ridiculously obvious ways while simultaneously insulting key constituencies like Catholics and Boston Sports fans.
Friday Night on The O'Reilly Factor, the identity of the sinister genius behind Martha Coakley's seemingly counter-intuitive campaign strategy was revealed. At last, it all started making sense.
You Magnificent Bastard.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM
January 16, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:27 PM
Harry Reid: Scott Brown is a racist.
Tim Geitner: Scott Brown failed to report $300 he earned under the table on his 1982 1040.
Kevin Jennings: Our children are not safe with Scott Brown.
Barney Frank: Thcott Bwown doethn't know the fiwst thing about the mawtgage induthtwy. And he hunts bunny wabbits.
Nancy Pelosi: Scott Brown is wealthy. He associates with wealthy people.He is very partisan and doesn't work well with others.
Joe Biden: Scott Brown says stupid shit all the time!
Charlie Rangel: Scott Brown exploits tax loopholes.
Barack Obama: Let me be perfectly clear! Scott Brown is totally inexperienced and unfit for this important job. He doesn't have a clue!
The other submissions are pretty funny as well.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:49 PM
PRIMARY UNITED STATES CLIMATE CENTERS NOW CAUGHT IN DATA MANIPULATION
NEW REVELATIONS HEADLINED ON TV CLIMATE SPECIAL
It has been revealed that a "sleight of hand" was used in the computer program that rated 2005 as "THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD." Skeptical climate researchers have discovered extensive manipulation of the data within the U.S. Government's two primary climate centers: the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, North Carolina and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) at Columbia University in New York City. These centers are being accused of creating a strong bias toward warmer temperatures through a system that dramatically trimmed the number and cherry-picked the locations of weather observation stations they use to produce the data set on which temperature record reports are based. The two investigators say the system has been distorted in other ways as well. They have documented their findings in great detail in a scientific report that has been posted online. These findings are presented as a part of my television special report "Global Warming: The Other Side" telecast Thursday night, January 14th at 9 PM here on KUSI TV.
The data manipulation studies are explored in detail during the fourth segment of the one hour video now available here on our website. Just click on the Global Warming special banner to go to the page.
Coleman's TV segments are available here.
This is highly reminiscent of the report that CRU scientists in the UK had manipulated temperature data from Russia to fit their global-warming-is-real ends. While this is supremely unsurprising, it is also utterly infuriating, especially when the federal government continues to pump our tax dollars into this outlandish hoax.
On a tip from SK.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:22 PM
So, if you were a Democrat, and your nominee for Senate in a Massachusetts was a clueless dingbat who:
- Claims there are no terrorists in Afghanistan .
- Whose foreign policy credentials consist of having a sister who lives overseas
- Who has a record as district attorney that includes keeping an innocent man locked up while letting a guy who raped a toddler with a curling iron walk
- Who can't even spell the state she wants to represent
- Who insults Bruins/Red Sox fans while reinforcing her image as an out-of-touch elitist who would rather canoodle with rich lobbyists than shake hands with her constituents
- Who insults another key constituency by saying Catholics should not work in emergency rooms
... what would you do?
Would you take the high road, and mount a vigorous defense of your candidate and her policies?
No, if you were an amoral, and desperate Democrat, you'd just mail millions of copies of a sleazy campaign pamphlet making the wild claim that Scott Brown wants medical care denied to rape victims.
Update: Democrat Bob Kerrey claims Scott Brown doesn't believe in evolution. There is no proof of this beyond the desperate need of Democrats to smear and stereotype Republicans.
The big problem for Coakley --- And Democrats in general --- is the sheering force caused by the gaps between the views of the far left elites that run the Democrat Party and the view of the majority of voters, even rank and file Democrat voters.
For example, the elites want to force religious hospitals and hospital workers to perform abortions. The majority of voters think the kind of religious exceptions Scott Brown favors are reasonable. The far left elites think they need to pass their horrible health care bill at all costs. The majority of voters would rather hold of until a good bill could bill can be written. The far left elites think out-of-control spending is great as long as they're the ones spending. The majority of voters want spending restrained.
And on and on and on.
Martha Coakley perfectly embodies the arrogance, the out-of-touch cluelessness, and the zealous obeisance to far left ideology that mark the modern Obamunist Democrat party.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:15 PM
When government tosses money around under the guise of "stimulus" there are bound to be some shady individuals that benefit. In this case, Michael Mann of ClimateGate fame, who is being investigated by his institution for global warming fraud, benefitted to the tune of over $500,000.
In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy.
"It's outrageous that economic stimulus money is being used to support research conducted by Michael Mann at the very time he's under investigation by Penn State and is one of the key figures in the international Climategate scandal. Penn State should immediately return these funds to the U.S. Treasury," said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project.
The $541,184 grant is for three years and was initiated in June 2009.
Well, here was at least one job "funded" by Porkulus -- nevermind that it's all for the sake of a hoax.
Hat tip: Glenn Beck.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:02 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:32 AM
Language alert — Penn & Teller provide a lesson on the senseless suffering caused by moonbat opposition to "frankenfoods":
Every day, children starve to death for the sake of well-fed left-wing idiots' moral posturing.
On a tip from JWWright.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:15 AM
At least Croakley is a solid candidate when it comes to foreign policy:
It doesn't match Chairman Zero's foreign policy experience of growing up as a Muslim in Indonesia, but she no doubt has more informed opinions than the Administration's foreign policy expert Joke Biden.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Air2air at 10:12 AM
Father Marc Boisvert is an outstanding humanitarian, having given his life to help the unfortunate in Haiti. And with great success, having founded several organizations and schools.
But moonbattery can strike even the innocent. When it was time to build a guest house on his compound in Port au Prince, Father Boisvert wrote:
We have long embraced the concept of environmental sustainability. We use compost. We recycle. Our energy for pumps comes from PV solar panels; electricity for the Guest House is augmented by a wind turbine and we stick with natural pesticides for the farm. Having read about alternative construction going on around the world, we decided to try our hand at it.
Struck by Hope and Change, he consulted sustainable homebuilder earthbagbuilding.com and concluded:
We will be building a small house with earth bags. Rice, barley, wheat (staples of our diet here) all come in poly bags which we've saved. They will be used to hold a mix of moistened sand and clay.
Here is an inspiring Earthbag prototype in New Mexico:
Earthbag inventor Kelly Hart raises our consciousness in the folly of our society's silly predisposition to engineer and build safe structures:
Earthbags … have the potential to virtually eliminate the need for common tensile materials in the structure, especially the wood and steel often used for roofs. This not only saves more energy (and pollution), but also helps save our forests, which are increasingly necessary for sequestering carbon.
Clearly enticed by the low cost and promises of this eco-fool — and presumably no engineer — poor Father Boisvert went straight Earthbag, formed by stacking 90-lb bags of rock and dirt on each other. Nothing holding the bags together; just stacked with a layer of cosmetic mortar in a rough-hewn, eco-sensitive aesthetic. He got some local help and a lot of dirt:
The bags are filled with wet sand, rock and clay. Then just stacked up.
However, the structural integrity of Earthbags is guaranteed by tamping them down with a shovel.
Some troweled-on clay will keep the plastic bags from slipping out when you shut the door too hard. How much friction is there between two plastic bags?
A few thousand pounds of poured concrete across the top will put those concerns to rest, though.
Almost ready for the realtor:
Counting the 90-lb bags, I estimate about 16,000 lbs for each wall.
Times 4 = 64,000 lbs. That is more than the weight of 11 Cadillac Escalades. Totally unsupported. Plus the roof and "mortar."
What else weighs 64,000 lbs? Why, the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 (empty, no fuel):
Total aid to Haiti since 1990 comes to 6 billion, or about $1000 for each citizen.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:52 AM
Q A lot of the polling suggests that the problems that Democrats have had in places like New Jersey and Virginia, as well as Massachusetts, is based on public dislike of what they perceive to be the health care plan, and you're not getting any traction in places like Massachusetts. You got a candidate who was perceived to be a run-away -- a walk-away winner who is now in danger of losing. What's wrong with your message?
MR. GIBBS: Well, that's why we have elections. That's why we have elections. We're not on the ballot in -- there's a campaign that's going on in Massachusetts. We're happy to lend our support. And I think as you heard the President say yesterday, we're going to get health care done, and we'll be happy to have a campaign on whether you're for the status quo, whether you're for protecting insurance industry profits, whether you're for protecting bank company profits, or whether you're on the side of the American people. We'll be happy to have that -- we'll be happy to have that --
Well, Gibby, American people who aren't economic blockheads, boneheads, dimwits, dunces, imbeciles, pinheads, simpletons, or Democrat economic advisers understand that profits are good things. Companies making profits can give people jobs. Companies that aren't making profits lay people off. And companies making big profits can hire lots of people.
And this is why your "War on profits" approach to economic management is doomed to failure.
Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:31 AM
I can't say it any better than proudmarinemom @ Red State:
It's moments like these that we wish we could see the looks on the faces of the Code Pink/Berkeley crowd. They are likely watching the tragedy unfold on television in stunned silence. Those who denigrate our military and those who oppose allowing recruiters into high schools should hang their heads in shame at moments like these. (If it were up to us, the red carpet would be rolled out to military recruiters in every high school in America and students would be given a pass from Algebra class to meet with them.) Rather than chaining themselves to recruiting station doors like our liberal friends, the Few and the Proud are good to go.
They should hang their heads in shame, but they won't. Progressives have no shame.
January 15, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:55 PM
On a Fabulous Friday tip from TED.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:19 PM
Dying left-wing propaganda rag Newsweek --- which made a bold decision to become a one-note propaganda sheet for the Obama Administration and subsequently lost half its circulation base -- has decided to cut out the middleman and just let Obama write the next fawning cover story about him himself.
[Although it will doubtless be a team of writers hired by David Axelrod, Obama will take credit for the piece and Newsweek will pretend they didn't know about the ghost writers.]
We already know that Newsweek thinks Obama is God, so, maybe whatever the White House turns in should be considered not an article but an epistle.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:32 PM
Sarah Palin's new job as an analyst at Fox News has inspired yet another round of bilious projection from the establishment left. Guess what she was called on dumb-as-a-rock Joy Behar's show? Dumb, of course. Equally amusing, the slavish worshipers of Dear Reader accused Saracuda of over-reliance on a teleprompter. Partial transcript via NewsBusters:
[HuffPo editor] ROY SEKOFF: Do you remember like a couple weeks ago Jon Stewart did a bit where he talked about how the Fox host had to dumb themselves down for the audience. Sarah doesn't have that problem.
[Liberal talk show yapper Stephanie] MILLER: She's perfect.
SEKOFF: She fits right in. …
BEHAR: Do you think she's going to be a hit?
SEKOFF: I do. If you remember, when she graduated from the six colleges that she attended, she became a sports caster or a news reader as they say. So this is perfect for her. As long as the teleprompter doesn't break, she's going to be great.
By way of rebuttal, I present their dime store god without his teleprompter:
It gets worse. Soon they were going after Trig again:
BEHAR: That baby, they passed that baby around more than a joint at a Grateful Dead concert. Is she going to bring that baby on the set of Fox?
Keep it up, libs. You've just about triggered America's gag reflex.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:15 AM
Scott Brown beating clueless Obamunist tool Martha Coakley at the polls won't necessarily mean it's over for the Dems. After all, appealing to voters has been rejected as an electoral strategy in favor of cheating — and the Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin has a history of playing games with absentee ballots:
In 2008 [Galvin] was found to have violated the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act passed in 2002, in which he failed to report and collect the number sent and the number returned of absentee ballots from overseas Military personnel registered to vote in Massachusetts. After an investigation by the US Justice Department, a settlement was reached to force Galvin to comply with the law.
The Dems won their filibuster-proof majority through dirty dealing on behalf of the obnoxious professional clown Al Franken, who was ushered into his unearned office by ACORN-affiliated Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. They may plan to maintain it the same way. After all, as their Uncle Joe liked to say:
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
Appallingly, if Dems can't get the numbers they want, Galvin has threatened to use those same military ballots to hold up Brown's confirmation until after they've rammed ObamaCare through:
In what must be a new low, even for Massachusetts, Secretary of State Bill Galvin told the Herald the election will not be considered complete by his office until Jan. 29, when 10 days have been allowed for absentee and military ballots to arrive. That's 10 extra days for Senate liberals to shove ObamaCare down an unwilling electorate's throat — and about eight days longer than it took Rep. Niki Tsongas to get sworn in after her special election victory.
What makes Galvin's play so repugnant is that the U.S. Department of Justice had to threaten to sue him to get him to comply with federal laws protecting the voting rights of military members abroad. For years, Galvin ignored these ballots — and the soldiers, airmen and Marines who cast them — and now he's prepared to use them to deny the will of the people if, by some miracle, Scott Brown wins.
If this lowlife's malfeasance isn't enough to galvanize resistance to what liberals are doing to the country, what would be?
In 2004, Brown won a special election to become state senator, despite the state Democrats scheduling the election to coincide with the Presidential primary, when Democrats would be flocking to vote for John Kerry. (As one Democratic operative recently put it to me: "We cheated, and he still beat us.")
Liberal ideology is built on a bedrock of coercion and theft. Expecting Dems to play fair would be naive.
On tips from Byron and Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM
A Massachusetts miracle is about to pull America back from the very brink of the abyss. Scott Brown has surged ahead of Obamunist nitwit Martha Coakley in the erstwhile People's Republic of Massachusetts:
Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.
Although Brown's 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey's margin of error, the underdog's position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.
"It's a Brown-out," said Paleologos, director of Suffolk's Political Research Center. "It's a massive change in the political landscape."
The poll shows Brown, a state senator from Wrentham, besting Coakley, the state's attorney general, by 50 percent to 46 percent, the first major survey to show Brown in the lead.
This in a state that is only 15% Republican. But since Chokeley is still within the margin of error, if you haven't contributed to this historic rally against collectivist tyranny, please do so now.
The stakes could not be higher. If Coakley wins, so does ObamaCare, which would mean a probably irreversible slide into socialism and very possibly national insolvency.
In other encouraging news, Comrade Obama appears to have prepared a place for Coakley under his bus:
With the election still four days away, Democrats are still hoping that "something could happen" to change the dynamics of the race. But until that thing happens, the situation as it exists today explains Barack Obama's decision not to travel to Massachusetts to campaign for Coakley. "If the White House thinks she can win, Obama will be there," the Democrat says. "If they don't think she can win, he won't be there." For national Democrats, the task is now to insulate Obama against any suggestion that a Coakley defeat would be a judgment on the president's agenda and performance in office.
That Obama, what a guy. Always sticking by his friends to the end. Already his toadies are croaking "who's Coakley?" and trying to spin this as if it has nothing to do with blocking Chairman Zero's radical left agenda.
Brown has been raking in endorsements with both arms. Here are former Pats QB Doug Flutie and comedian Lenny Clark:
Heroic pitcher Curt Shilling, who earned the grudging admiration even of Yankees fans by beating the Bombers in the 2004 ALCS with a shoe full of blood from an ankle injury, lays into Croakley:
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling ripped Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley today for dissing Fenway Park, saying her disdain made her seem "out of touch."
"That's exactly what I've come to expect from politicians. So many are so far out of touch with their constituents it's laughable and pathetic," Schilling told the Herald.
Schilling, who considered running for the U.S. Senate seat himself, recently endorsed GOP candidate state Sen. Scott Brown. He linked another blog post on his Web site 38pitches.com that slammed Coakley's Fenway flub even more.
"It's Massachusetts. You do not make sneering insults about Fenway Park. What's she going to do next, insult the Red Sox?" wrote blogger Cassy Fiano in a post linked on Schilling's site. "She's apparently been trying to win the title of Worst Political Campaign Ever."
Schilling highlighted the blog post following a Boston Globe article quoting Coakley's response to concerns that she hasn't been campaigning enough during the tight race.
"As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" Coakley was quoted saying, apparently referencing a Brown ad where he greets supporters outside Fenway.
Schilling, famous for helping the Red Sox clinch two World Series wins, also questioned Coakley's recent statements that terrorists have left Afghanistan.
"Her Taliban comment is the height of one of these three: ignorance, stupidity, (or) dishonesty," Schilling wrote.
If you haven't yet, it's not too late to join the (hopefully) winning team.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:07 AM
Without a President Bush to blame for the devastating Haitian earthquake like they had with the Indonesian tsunami, loonbats like Danny Glover are pulling out the stops to condemn the industrialized world instead. At about 2:00 into the video, Glover explains the root cause for this devastating natural disaster: Global Warming/Climate Change.
If Pat Robertson blaming the earthquake on God's wrath against the Hatian people wasn't bad enough, then this higher form of Gaia-based lunacy from Glover takes the cake. At least these two douches have one thing in common: Both are blaming an earth-made disaster on the focal point of a religion.
On a twip from CO2HOG.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:56 AM
Angry Haitians set up roadblocks with corpses in Port-au-Prince to protest at the delay in emergency aid reaching them after a devastating earthquake, an eyewitness said.
So, in these people's minds, it makes sense to protest that you aren't getting aid fast enough... by blocking the people from getting aid to you.... with corpses!
But this is what the moonbat left has indoctrinated into them. "Don't help yourselves. The way to get anything is demand that others take care of you, and then bitch and complain about the quality of the help you receive."
This is the same mindset that had people in New Orleans who could have walked an hour to higher ground complaining about getting flooded out after Katrina. This is the same mindset that produces near-riot conditions when people queue up from handouts in Detroit.
And it's all aided and abetted by the moonbat mindset of parochialism; that it's compassionate to keep the poor of Detroit and New Orleans and the impoverished of Haiti dependent on handouts and foreign aid; and that because of some imagined grievance, that they are not only entitled to endless welfare, but have a right to be indignant if it is not delivered at a level or in a manner that is satisfactory.
In short, this is what happens when people are taught to protest in order to get what they want, instead of taught to work for it. And that's what makes people so stupid they actually block the roads when people are trying to help them in the aftermath of a disaster.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:25 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Conspiracy Nuts (There's a Theocrat Under Your Bed! Bleh! Bleh!)
Greg Gutfeld, the thinking man's Jon Stewart, has an impression of what the job interview was like for Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Naturally, it put me in mind of this classic South Park clip.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:12 AM
The Bulletin of Atomic Scienticians -- a group of leftists who convinced the media to invest meaning in a meaningless prop -- have pushed back the hands of the "Nuclear Doomsday Clock" by one minute because... and only because... Obama is the president.
So many flavors of idiocy here. The left-wing group that convinces the dumb media herd that a propaganda image is actually meaningful in some way. Once again, giving credit to a figurehead president who has accomplished nothing. Defiance of the reality that Iran is speeding toward nuclear armament. Magical thinking on the part of progressives that if they pretend Obama is making the world safer, it will be safer. Take your pick. These were the same nuts who thought nuclear war under Ronald Reagan was all but inevitable.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:39 AM
AIDS-addled conspiracy theorist Andrew Sullivan has outdone even his previous bizarro obsession with proving Sarah Palin is not actually Trig Palin's mother. Sullivan now sees a grand conspiracy between the Republican Party, FoxNews, and the Christian Right ... probably in cooperation with the saucer people and the reverse vampires... to install Sarah Palin as Queen of the Nazi Christian Theocracy they will install after an incompetent Obama Administration response to a major terrorist incident (which is kind of a given).
It's the kind of rambling, paranoid nonsense you expect from a commenter at DailyKos or Lew Rockwell... but The Atlantic was once considered a thoughtful, if center-left, publication. Why are they giving space to this nutjob?
Palin (is) a figure who instantly short-circuits rational thinking in those who support and oppose her.
Yeah, like making a gay man spend months and years obsessing over her uterus before finally concluding she's the messianic godhead of a right-wing media conspiracy.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:28 AM
Vice President "Stealthy" Joe Biden was known for his impressive ability to fade completely into the backgorund during the last months of the 2008 presidential campaign and has maintained more or less below-the-radar status for most of Obama's first year in office. Recently, he displayed his expert skills, though perhaps not in the best of situations. To summarize:
Vice President Joe Biden's official agenda is the target of a Los Angeles Times article by Andrew Malcolm poking fun at the irony of the situation. It reads: "Today's Biden schedule highlight is a meeting with the chief of transparency for economic recovery. But, unfortunately, the transparency meeting is non-transparent -- closed to the press -- Which makes it -- what? -- Secret openness? Open secrecy?"
In fact most of the events on the vice president's schedule did not allow cameras. From his daily briefing, which was closed press, to a meeting with the transportation secretary, also closed press, to lunch with the president, still closed to press, and then a meeting with the Iraqi vice president that included a "pool spray," meaning a few cameras are shuffled past momentarily and rushed out of the room. Then it's that transparency meeting that, as we said, was closed press.
We here at Moonbattery are duly impressed with Cryptic Joe's ninja-like qualities. However, since the L.A. TImes broke his cover, we thought he might need some additional expert training.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:55 AM
Don't mistake this post as advocating Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. The campaign-ad image below belies this short but telling audio clip from her recent radio interview with WSBM host Ken Pittman, in which he got Coakley to reveal her true colors on religious freedom and abortion.
In case you missed that: Pittman was asking Coakley whether she would support a healthcare bill with a consientious objection clause for healthcare providers regarding abortion. After lots of stuttering and wing-flapping, the subject of emergency contraception came up, which in Roman Catholic teaching is considered as tantamount to abortion.
Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don't want to do that.
Coakley: No we have a seperation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.
Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.
Coakley: (......uh, eh...um..) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room.
Mrs. Coakley has the right to say anything she wants about religious freedom vs. separation of church and state. She also has the right to make herself look like a complete ass to millions of voting Catholics in her dear Massachusettes. But if she can find "separation of church and state" in the U.S. Constitution, then I'll campaign for her.
It may not matter to her, but it matters to the voters. More and more, in fact. Because, in the end, it is what should matter to a United States Senator as well: what the United States Constitution says. After all, they swear to uphold it.
Hat tip: Big Government.
January 14, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:02 PM
This is not really new news, but it bears repeating: Muslims are actually the main victims of al Qaeda's jihad against the Evil West, despite claims by number two terrorist douche-bag Ayman al-Zawahri that few Muslims have been killed by al Qaeda's global war against Westerners.
More research backs this up. From a recent report out of West Point:
"The fact is that the vast majority of al Qaeda's victims are Muslims: The analysis here shows that only 15 percent of the fatalities resulting from al Qaeda attacks between 2004 and 2008 were Westerners," according to the report, titled "Deadly Vanguards: A Study of Al Qaeda's Violence Against Muslims."
"Many victims of al Qaeda and its affiliates have been Muslim, and people in the Muslim world know that. This explains why many Muslims deplore al Qaeda, and why you see more Muslim voices these days expressing strong opposition to al Qaeda and the ideology it espouses," the report states.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:34 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:34 PM
The Tea Party movement is not limited to our national nimrod politicians by any means. The Maryland General Assembly just opened yesterday and last night there was a reckoning:
Hundreds of conservative Tea Party activists swooped into Annapolis last night on the first day of the 2010 legislative session, ostensibly to protest Maryland's economic woes and incumbent politicians' efforts to solve them.
Dave Schwartz, Maryland director for Americans for Prosperity, said those gathered want the politicians working in the surrounding government offices to understand that "government can't solve all of our problems. Spending will not get us out of this budget crisis."
[Tim] Phillips, the national leader of Americans for Prosperity and a longtime conservative activist, told the crowd to keep fighting.
"Americans are doing what they always do," he said. "They are standing up and fighting like you are doing here in Maryland. Don't let anyone tell you that conservative values ... that freedom doesn't sell in Maryland."
Maryland has one of the more screwed-up state budgets in the nation. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democrat-run state legislature spend our tax dollars like drunken sailors and then do brilliant moves like instituting "millionaire taxes" that drive out small business owners and employers, thus, reducing the state's tax base... all the while blaming the previous Republican administration for their woes. Sound familiar?
Hear the winds of change.
On a tip from Patriot Tim.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:15 PM
Oh, dear, let me process this.
Mike Brzezinski, no doubt, considers herself the intellectual superior of snowbilly Governor Sarah Palin. Here, she giggles and mocks Palin's response to a Glenn Beck question about the Founding Fathers.
What, you didn't know Abraham Lincoln was a founding father? Don't you read Howard Zinn? Obviously, you are not MSDNC's target demo. Goodbye.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:39 PM
Leery as I am of going all Coakley, all the time... I just thought this parody of every 'Coakley For Senate' Ad was pretty funny.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:42 AM
Hollywood played a major role in Chairman Zero's rise to power, tirelessly hyping him and raising massive amounts of money. It must delight Tinseltown royalty that with their man in power, they can now see their ideology applied. Among the most politically active actors is Alec Baldwin, who even had his own political talk show (although like all liberal radio programs that aren't propped up by coercive funding, it failed miserably). The esteemed elitist enlightens us on energy policy and how best to pursue economic progress:
The goal of this country's energy policy, long-term, should be to trigger a series of events that would lead to one clear measurement of our progress. That is the collapse of a major oil company. If a major oil company went out of business, we would be on the right track.
To us rubes in Jesusland, this might seem destructive, even infantile. But our betters know better.
Baldwin stands firm by the dog-eared notion that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were all about oil (although there is no oil in Afghanistan), and therefore a waste of time. After all, we don't really need oil when our economy would run just as well on pixie dust. But don't take Baldwin for a pacifist:
Putting a major oil company out of business. That's a war worth fighting.
As a vicious left-wing thug whose intellectual development was arrested in grade school, Alec Baldwin typifies the Tinseltown left — as does equally rabid moonbat George Clooney, reported to be an unofficial advisor in constant contact with Obama.
Through Chairman Zero, people like this are running the country. No wonder our future has not been looking very rosy.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:05 AM
There is much to appreciate about the Holy Father -- not the least of which is his crusade for respect of human life, especially life of the unborn. Pope Benedict is certainly an influential spokesman for conservative moral values and overall one of the wisest people on earth. It's just that, well, on the subject of global warming/climate change, he appears decidedly un-wise.
Pope Benedict XVI denounced the failure of world leaders to agree to a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen last month, saying Monday that world peace depends on safeguarding God's creation.
For the pontiff, it's a moral issue: Church teaching holds that man must respect creation because it's destined for the benefit of humanity's future.
Of course, the irony here is that more people on this precious earth would have been harmed and killed in the long run, had any comprehensive Hopenchangen treaty been reached -- due to economic devastation unleashed through high international carbon taxes and choked economic growth especially in developing countries. We already know from the Spain experiment that every green job kills about 2 other jobs. Imagine the effects on a global scale, with the huxters of climate change lining their pockets all the while.
If this misguided denouncement wasn't enough, then consider the Vatican's criticism just a few days later of the movie Avatar for -- get this -- encouraging pagan worship, even worship of Mother Gaia.
The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion - a notion the pope has warned against.
In Judeo-Christianity, man is called to be responsible stewards to this lovely and fruitful earth that God gave to mankind, over which He gave us dominion. While this goes without saying, it is an entirely different matter to praise eco-socialistic principles based on fraudulent, agenda-driven pseudo-science and perpetuated by pagan high priests like Al Gore -- principles that would inetivitably harm mankind and not reduce nonexistent "manmade global warming" a wit.
When it comes to Gaia worship, it is astonishing that the pontiff can praise on a global scale exactly that which his Vatican has condemned in a mere Hollywood movie. No disrespect intended, I'm just sayin'.
Hat tip: Penelope. Image courtesy of times of the signs.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:10 AM
The dishonesty of the Obama Administration and the willful irresponsibility of the mainstream media that installed it have gotten so bad, we are now learning about their shenanigans from of all people hard left blogger Jane Hamsher.
Jonathan Gruber was paid $392,000 of our money by the White House to spin ObamaCare as something that could conceivably work. In turn, the liberal establishment media has promoted Gruber's propaganda, carefully concealing that he is a political hack.
Hamster, former squeeze of the White House's thuggish union chief in virtual residence Andy Stern of the SEIU, wants a little sunlight shined on this roach nest:
Recently Bill Black, Eliot Spitzer and Frank Partnoy called for the release of AIG emails and internal documents, asserting that the public now owns 80% of the company and should be able to examine them in order to be able to ascertain what happened in the past. Likewise, now that it is known that Jonathan Gruber was a White House consultant, the assumptions that have been used by the White House to estimate the impact of the health care bill for decades to come should be made publicly available.
Both Congress and President Obama owe us that kind of transparency before committing to a path that could have serious consequences for the health and prosperity of all Americans.
Even the concept of Client #9 calling for a cleanup is less astonishing than the founder of the moonbat fever swamp FireDogLake railing against the Moonbat Messiah for his arrogant furtiveness and the liberal dinosaur media for being his lapdog. The wheels are coming off this farce.
On a tip from Mandible Claw. Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:41 AM
Martha Coakley is very likely to be the next Senator from Massachusetts, the state that hates America so much it's given us John Kerry, Gerry "Chickenhawk" Studds, and Barney "Banking Queen" Frank. And if she wins, VH, MH and I are guaranteed to have material for years. She's a bigger clown than Al Franken.
In yet another example of her stupidity, it was Coakley (who doesn't think there are any terrorists in Afghanistan) who handled the "terrorist incident" of two men who placed Lite-Brite kits around Boston to promote the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. Coakley defended her idiotic over-reaction by noting the terrifying nature of the Lite Brite kits.
"It had a very sinister appearance," Coakley told reporters. "It had a battery behind it, and wires."
So do most of the appliances in Hillary's dresser, you dingbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 AM
Thanks to the ClimateGate emails, we now know that the government teat-suckers in warmist academia are scientists after all. They know that climate fluctuation is caused not by light bulbs and SUVs, but by variations in solar activity; but they also know how to hide this fact from the gullible.
In 2003, two Harvard-Smithsonian Professors, Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas, published a peer-reviewed paper in the scientific journal Climate Research which identified solar activity as a major influence on Earth's climate [no kidding]. This paper also concluded that the twentieth century was not the warmest, nor was it the century with the most extreme weather over the past thousand years. These two scientists reviewed more than two hundred sources of data. The paper specifically examined climate variations observed to coincide with solar variations. One of the more notable correlations cited in this paper is the well-documented coincidence of the Little Ice Age and a solar quiet period, known as the Maunder Minimum, from A.D. 1300 to A.D. 1900. Soon and Baliunas asserted that the lack of solar activity resulted in cooler temperatures across the globe. The evidence they compiled also indicated that as the sun became more active global temperatures began to rise and the Little Ice Age ended.
In the past, the issue of the solar connection has always fallen down on one question; what is it about sunspots that cause a change in the climate? Soon and Baliunas identified the physical connection as solar wind, which varies on an eleven-year cycle similar to sunspots'.
Phil Jones of East Anglia University's corrupt Climate Research Unit and coconspirators didn't like this one bit. They reached the same conclusions regarding 11-year cycles. But rather than solar winds, they have been far more interested in the political winds that blow our money at them in a blizzard. Data proving the effect of solar cycles on our climate was either suppressed or distorted.
More than a dozen e-mails from the Jones Gang discuss how to discredit Soon and Baliunas. Ultimately, the gang decide to compile a new paper to counter the conclusion made by Soon and Baliunas, as detailed in an e-mail from Dr. Scott Rutherford dated the 12 March 2003. Dr. Rutherford does not go head-to-head with the data presented in the Climate Research paper, but he seemingly wishes to "cook" other data to counter the honest work of Soon and Baliunas…
Writes Dr. Rutherford:
First, I'd be willing to handle the data and the plotting/mapping. Second … if we use different reference periods for the reconstructions and the models we need to be extremely careful about the differences. … If you are willing to send me your series please send the raw (i.e. unfiltered) series. That way I can treat them all the same. We can then decide how we want to display the results.
He then goes on to joke (I hope) about "calling in a Mafia hit" to silence Soon and Baliunas.
Liberal politics and government money both poison everything they touch. This is what they have done to science.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 AM
Attention Red Sox Nation — You could help spare America from an Obamunist nitwit who put you down:
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
"As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?'' she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that.
Scott Brown makes time to shake hands outside Fenway, but not Martha Coakley. She's been too busy sipping champagne with her fellow socialists far away in Washington, where her campaign aide Michael Meehan kept hostile reporters at bay by knocking them to the ground.
Even a Yankees fan knows that anyone who insults the Red Sox in Massachusetts is too dumb to hold public office. Make your contribution to Scott Brown now.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:20 AM
If it isn't bad enough that the end result of any Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care "reform" bill will be increased taxes on the middle class (yet another broken Dear Leader campaign promise), the current House and Senate bills also penalize you severely for being lawfully wedded.
The first sort of marriage penalties affects low- and middle-income couples who would get their insurance without employer assistance but with government subsidies. The penalties accrue through the "caps" on premiums. In the House plan, an unmarried couple living together with each earning $25,000 would pay no more than $3,076 in combined premiums each year. If the same couple got married, their annual cap would skyrocket to $5,160 - a 68 percent punishment just for saying "I do." (The penalty in the Senate bill is slightly lower, at 48 percent.)
What is even worse is that the subsidies are suddenly and completely cut off once somebody reaches 400 percent of the official poverty-level income ($63,360 in 2016). The arithmetic is complicated, but what it means is that two unmarried persons earning $32,000 each ($64,000 total) would pay a maximum combined $5,684 in premiums, but if they got married, they would pay about $15,000. That is an astonishing penalty of 164 percent. It is almost impossible to imagine a policy that could be any more anti-family than that.
But hey, what else is new. "Anti-family" has been a liberal-elitist growth industry for decades, from abortion on demand to euthanasia of the elderly.
In fact, here's an argument for allowing gay marriage after all: Surely, if the GLBT community were able to partake in matrimonial bliss, the outcry against these proposed marriage penalty taxes from them would be deafening.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:10 AM
Scott Ritter --- the former UN weapons inspector that became a hero to the progressive left by attacking the Bush Administration's Iraq policy --- has been arrested once again for being a pervert with fixation on underage girls.
Sordid details are here.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:47 AM
Forbes Magazine suggests moving the United Nations to Dubai. I say: Hells, yeah! I'll help 'em pack.
The UN and Dubai were made for each other. Dubai has millions of feet of vacant office space. It has a world-class international airport (which, granted, the last time I flew through it was decorated in the "porcelain intestines of Godzilla" motif and featured guards who were literally beating people with clubs in the terminal) and is within six hours flight time of the emerging markets of Asia and the impoverished, dysfunctional dung heaps of Africa.
Meanwhile, NYC benefits from having millions of square feet of prime office, retail, and residential space --- currently untaxed --- opening up on the east side. And no more traffic tie-ups while Qadafi, Ahmedinnerjacket, Castro, Chavez and other tinpot dictators wind their motorcades through town. And, no more diplomatic parking ticket scofflaws.
And the UN --- with its culture of endemic corruption, child abuse, Jew-hating, arrogant preening and constant useless bickering --- should feel right at home in a Middle East Islamic country.
Win! - Win! - Win!
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
Taxpayer-funded Pacifica Radio has added disbarred attorney Lynne Stewart --- who was convicted of willfully helping Islamic terrorists plot to kill Americans --- to its Board of Directors. Its left-wing audience voted her in out of a slate of 44 candidates. Makes it kinda hard for them to deny that they hate America and are rooting for the terrorists, doesn't it?
Just to illustrate the difference between America-hating progressives and patriotic capitalists, let's look at the two big hires of the past week:
Commie Progressive Pacifica Radio.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:20 AM
Pat Robertson says the earthquake in Haiti was their punishment for engaging in Devil Worship. Rather than be like those lefties who defend Harry Reid's "Negro" remarks and every stupid utterance of Bill Maher, I'm gonna say, Pat, shut up. You look like a dumbass.
And you might wanna look up Matthew 5:45, while you're at it.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:00 AM
Martha Coakley, the dingbat running for the Senate from Massachusetts, doesn't think there are any terrorists in Afghanistan. She's soft on terrorism, but when it comes to the real threat against America --- garden clubs who landscape traffic circles and off-ramps --- she's a regular pit-bull.
Linda Jean Smith, president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, has been besieged with calls from frightened, angry members after a prickly Jan. 4 letter from Coakley's office declared many of them were breaking the law for failing to file their financial records for the past four years. "One club president asked me if she was going to be led away in handcuffs," said Smith, adding that many members are in nursing homes or in Florida.
Way to go Martha! Show those old ladies who's the boss! Maybe you could send Michael Meehan over to rough them up a little.
And in case anyone is left who isn't convinced that Coakley is a clueless dingbat, she's now insulting Boston sports fans, belittling her opponent for shaking hands outside Fenway Park.
January 13, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:11 PM
What better place for a rebirth of American liberty than Massachusetts, the cradle of the Revolution. The degenerate liberalism that has been rotting it away is perfectly personified by Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, whose empty seat could be freedom's last chance. If the Bay State rises to seize the opportunity Scott Brown offers, the rest of the country will rise as well to reclaim our heritage as free and proud Americans — not pitiful mendicants waiting in line for free crumbs from the authoritarian Nanny State.
The arrogant tyrants "fundamentally transforming" the greatest country in history into a socialist sewer can still be stopped. Massachusetts, it's up to you.
On a tip from glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:50 PM
Jack Cafferty had better watch himself if he wants to keep working at CNN — or maybe he's positioning himself for a slot at Fox News. First he denounces the secretiveness and thuggery with which Dems have been seizing control of the healthcare industry, now he takes a machete to Queen Pelosi's Marie Antoinette-style extravagance:
"A horrible woman" — that does sum up the Dems' top dog in the House nicely.
On a tip from Rob Banks.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:58 PM
Dear Leader Obama exudes "effete poseur" like no other president in modern history -- a skill of his that is surpassed only by his _______ (feel free to fill in the blank, there are so very many choices).
Video courtesy of Jihad Kitty and Granny Jan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:59 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:29 PM
Well now, lookie here:
Last August, long-time North Carolina State Senator and avid gun control advocate R.C. Soles shot a gentleman who was allegedly trying to break into his home. The irony of that scene alone is palpable. However, the whole story got just a little more interesting:
Thursday, a Columbus County grand jury found probable cause to seek an indictment against Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
In late August, Soles shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn outside the Senator's home in Tabor City.
Blackburn was a client of Soles' law firm. Soles told police he shot Blackburn in self-defense, saying that Blackburn was trying to break into his home. Blackburn told us he was leaving the property when he was shot.
While what happens within a grand jury proceeding is secret, we can presume that ballistics evidence was part of what was reviewed yesterday, specifically whether the bullet wound indicated that Blackburn was facing the Senator or running away when he was shot.
Before the gun control nuts shout "There! Don't you see? A perfect example of why guns should be banned, so no one will be shot!", please remember that, in a country where guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:18 PM
Bruce Lavallee-Davidson is a gay activist from Portland ME who testified in favor of keeping Maine's now-overturned gay marriage law at a public hearing. He testified that he was in a committed long-term relationship that deserved to be treated equally to any marriage among heterosexuals. His testimony came four days after he shot a man in the head after a night of drug abuse in a basement sex dungeon culminated in a deadly game of Russian roulette.
You know, the exact same kind of things every normal, heterosexual married couple does all the time.
The fatal shooting happened after Wilson, Lavallee-Davidson and a third man had been smoking pot, consuming the party drug GBL, huffing aerosol inhalants and having sex over a 12-hour period in the basement of Wilson's Colonial home in a middle-class neighborhood two blocks from the ocean.
Maybe the Gay Marriage crowd should be more selective about who they want to represent them. Or maybe this really is what they want to be the new normal.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:09 PM
The liberal establishment media, when it isn't ignoring the massive and historic Tea Party movement, attempts to portray it as a collection of a kooks. But if you want to see kooks, you're better advised to attend liberal demonstrations. Right Wing News offers a collection of examples, including these:
You almost have to commiserate with the MSM: it can't be easy trying to pass off these hebephrenic moonbats as normal Americans, while spinning normal Americans as psychopaths.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:54 PM
Looks like not only the Senate Democrats are horrified at the lame performance and sinking polls of Martha Coakley in her race for the Massachusetts Senate seat.
The Democrats have gone into 'sheer panic' mode over Martha Coakley's campaign in Massachusetts.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has purchased advertising to help Martha Coakley.
Read that again.
NOT the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), but the campaign committee for the House of Representatives.
Why? Because if Scott Brown wins The Swimmer's seat, then all will be lost for most if not all of Nancy Pelosi's radical leftist agenda for the foreseeable future, as Republicans also stand to gain Senate and House seats come November.
This is rather unheard of. Couple it with the news that the DNC and DSCC are sending senior staff to Massachusetts to salvage the Coakley campaign and you can imagine just how worried Barack Obama is. He remembers what happened in 1993 and 1994 to Bill Clinton and he doesn't want to have that happen to him.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:45 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM
It must be frustrating for today's children to be fed a constant diet of global warming propaganda by our schools and televisions, when there's nothing they can do to save the allegedly endangered planet except denounce the American way of life and nag about recycling. But at last an alternative energy source has been devised that allows them to take part in ending our disastrous addiction to oil — the Jumping Light:
With all the energy you expend while jumping rope, imagine using some to power a handy torchlight fitted within the skipping rope handles. Torchlight in any form is a good idea, but the cool quotient in this Jump Light comes from the fact that you won't need any batteries to power the bulb. It simply runs by converting the kinetic energy from your jumps to electric energy.
All that's needed now is to take the energy from these batteries and use it to heat our homes, run our appliances, fuel our transportation, and power any factories that haven't yet been forced overseas by unions and the EPA. The Jumping Light is guaranteed to be just as likely to meet our energy needs as the windmills our rulers have been wasting so much of our money on.
On a tip from Air2air.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:47 AM
President B. Hussein Obama, who lives for saving suffering folk from misery, came out in about 16 hours to condemn the senseless terrorist attack inflicted by Gaia on the poor people of Haiti.
President Barack Obama today promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti overcome a "cruel and incomprehensible" [
attack] tragedy, the ruinous earthquake that ravaged the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Kudos to Dear Leader, for whom it took 100 hours to acknowldge the senseless terrorist attack nearly inflicted by the Panty Bomber on the poor people on Flight 253.
[So as to not appear utterly insensitive and completely lose all sense of this horrible disaster to sarcasm, please consider donating to help the Haitian people here, or to your favorite non-governmental charity. -TMH]
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:32 AM
As noted in an earlier post, a Democrat hired thug (Michael Meehan) knocked a reporter for The Weekly Standard (John McCormack) to the ground outside a fundraiser for Democrat Dingbat Martha Coakley. Video of the incident clearly shows Meehan knocking McCormack.
John McCormack of the Weekly Standard fell Tuesday night as he tried to speak with the Democrat while simultaneously videotaping her and trying to pass a metal grate on a Washington sidewalk.
Photos and video of the incident show Coakley aide Michael Meehan trying to help McCormack up.
Tell me again how the MSM is anything other than the public relations arm of the DNC.
Update:Michael Meehan, the thug, was nominated by PBO for a seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees U.S. civilian international broadcasts such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.
Party of Thugs.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM
The intensely cold weather afflicting Britain underscores the increasingly obvious fact that global warming is not real, so it's only fitting that it also confirms that the proposed solution to the imaginary crisis — green energy — isn't real either:
The cold weather has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind, which meant that only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK's energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days.
Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), gave warning that this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all UK electricity demand over the next 10 years.
He said the shortfall in power generated by wind during cold snaps seriously undermined the Government's pledge on Friday to build nine major new wind "super farms" by 2020.
"If we had this 30 gigawatts of wind power, it wouldn't have contributed anything of any significance this winter," he said. "The current cold snap is a warning that our power generation and gas supplies are under strain and it is getting worse."
Coal stations are currently used as back-up generation when there is a surge in demand for gas and the wind does not blow — which both tend to happen during cold weather.
However, increased dependence on wind farms will coincide with a European Union directive shutting down Britain's dirtiest coal and oil fired power stations.
The UK has committed to switching off these stations by 2015, leaving it uniquely vulnerable to gas shortages and the intermittency of wind farms.
We let children run society. It didn't work out. Now let's get the adults back in charge before we all freeze.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:35 AM
The Obama White House just wants you to know, everything in the country is great, and it's all because of Obama's sheer, undiluted wonderfulness.
Don't think of it as 22% unemployment, because... thanks to very creative math... Obama claims he has saved 2,000,000 jobs.
Don't think that America is weaker because the military has been gutted of critical programs like the F-22, Future Combat Systems, and the Combat Search and Rescue helicopter. Don't think that having our enemies laughing out their turbans at us is a bad thing. Never mind that China is building a missile defense system. The White House says, "America has never been stronger or more secure." And it's all thanks to President Wonderful.
Homeland Security? Working perfectly. Oh, sure the panty bomber lawyered up and isn't giving us any useful intelligence, but it's not like anyone important is in danger of being killed by terrorists. After all, the elites travel by secure military jets.
Deficits? What deficits?
Truly, every American should be on their knees before this flawless, magnificent president. Like the press already is.
(Do you realize that without the irony, this is what our progressive secular trolls really think?)
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:04 AM
The Obama Justice Department Civil Rights Division announced last week that it is suing the state of New Jersey over a police examination that it claims discriminates against African-American and Hispanic candidates.
The exam, a written test that New Jersey police officers must pass in order to advance to the rank of sergeant, quizzes candidates on state and local laws.
Sounds like a reasonable tool for testing law enforcement officers.
White officers pass the New Jersey test at a rate of 89 percent, as opposed to 77 percent of Hispanic candidates and 73 percent of African-American candidates.
Obviously, the test is at fault. /sarc If you think that anyone of any race who studies hard and prepares for the test can pass it, you must be some kind of right-wing Neanderthal.
The DOJ is demanding that New Jersey "to find a more equitable means of testing potential police sergeants." In other words, they want the process dumbed down, perhaps so that even negroes who aren't light-skinned and can't speak without a "negro dialect" can pass it.
The Obama Administration intends to aggressively pursue these types of "disparate impact" lawsuit, where business owners and state agencies following perfectly legal and legitimate practices can be legally terrorized by the DOJ for not meeting racial or other quotas.
But, hey, where's the harm, you know? Forcing businesses and local governments to hire under-qualified minorities isn't much different than forcing banks to give mortgages to minorities who couldn't repay them. And that didn't cause any problems, did it?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:24 AM
In the above photo, the legs belong to Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack, who has just been pushed to the ground by Democrat operative Michael Meehan after attempting to ask Democrat Senate candidate Martha "You can see Tehran from my Sister's House" Coakley what she meant when she said there were no terrorists in Afghanistan. Coakley is the dingbat on the left staring at the incident with the "if I only had a brain" expression.
The DNC and the SEIU are pouring over a million dollars into Coakley's campaign in response to the million dollars her opponent, Cosmo model Scott Brown, raised from the grassroots.
I still think Coakley will win based on my theory that Massachusetts voters hate the rest of America. But if the DNC and the SEIU have to dump millions of dollars in to save her sorry stupid butt, then those will be millions less they have to spend in other competitive senate races like Nevada, New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, or Delaware. It's all good.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
Have it your way, Prince Albert: the science is settled — and according to science, CO2 is irrelevant to the earth's climate:
For years now, we have been told that science is dedicatedly attempting to find out how the Earth's Climate works. With all possible seriousness, the most publically vocal of these scientists, those working for the UN's IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), have for the last several years blamed the warming they "found" on Carbon Dioxide. With the release of the CRU (Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia) email database, it is very clearly apparent that the scientists involved with the IPCC were doctoring data to give a specific result. That result was designed to look as if CO2 was causing climate change, warming the earth due to Human activities. It can be reported now that this theory has been solidly disproven by Dr. Ferenc Miskolczi and Dr. Miskolczi's work will make history.
Just as speed is limited by a constant — the speed of light — the greenhouse effect is limited by Miskolczi's Constant. Otherwise, the 333 million cubic miles of water on the planet would be quite a bit more of a problem than the trace amounts of CO2 produced by human activity, as water vapor is far and away the dominant greenhouse gas.
Climate scientist Dr. Miklos Zagoni explains:
Since the Earth's atmosphere is not lacking in greenhouse gases [water vapor], if the system could have increased its surface temperature it would have done so long before our emissions. It need not have waited for us to add CO2: another greenhouse gas, H2O, was already to hand in practically unlimited reservoirs in the oceans. …
Earth type planetary atmospheres, having partial cloud cover and sufficient reservoir of water, maintain an energetically uniquely determined, constant, maximized greenhouse effect that cannot be increased further by emissions. The greenhouse temperature must fluctuate around this theoretical equilibrium constant; [change] is possible only if the incoming available energy changes.
In other words, global warming is caused by the big bright thing I often notice hanging in the sky during the daytime.
But that's no reason not to deliberately throw the economy of Western nations into a depression, so long as it serves Social Justice by impoverishing the industrious and allows the champagne-guzzling liberal elite to see to it that we little people live in harmony with delta smelts and polar bears.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM
Airstrip One is well on the way to becoming the Moonbat Nation the Progressive Secular Left wishes to impose on the USA. Every day, the mutli-culti, politically correct, socialized dung heap that is modern Britain produces another example of insanity.
Submitted for your consideration; the Mosedales were a typical working British family, who moved out of their London-area home while it was renovated. The renovations ran to over £285,000. But before they could move back in, a group of politically favored minorities --- gypsies in this case, living on state-provided welfare --- moved into their house and changed their locks. When the Mosedales complained to the police, the authorities called them "racists."
The Mosedales now have to sue to regain access to their own home, a process that will leave them homeless and bankrupt if the tax-supported, politically favored minorities can drag it out long enough. Which is exactly the way moonbats set up the system to work.
It's not just Airstrip 1. ACORN was pulling the same sort of crap over here. And guess what, a third of Democrats are OK with it. Also, in Arizona, two illegal immigrants were awarded an entire ranch after the Southern Poverty Law Center sued on their behalf after they claimed they were mistreated by the ranch owner whose property they were illegally trespassing on.
I guess an Obamunist would say the Mosedales are getting what they deserve after benefiting from a lifetime of "white privilege."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:52 AM
The Obama Administration, in another landmark display of how much it values honesty and transparency in government, has sealed records relating to the Fed's bailout of AIG until November 2018.
Prediction: The kool-aid swilling, true-believing, Marx-loving, bammie-worshiping, dead-ender trolls still won't care.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:44 AM
Immigration Agents in Providence RI stopped a van loaded with illegal immigrants, took them in for processing, then drove them to the worksite where they were illegally employed. Another example of what Obama-Napolitano mean when they say "the system works."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:28 AM
Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning Lefty Panty-Wadded Paste-Eaters,
Am I worried about one-party rule? No. I'm confident that, as long as we have fair elections, the diversity of this nation will elect a diversity of candidates, regardless of party. It happens already.
Yeah, right. Looking at the examples of one party Democrat jurisdictions --- Massachusetts, Chicago, Detroit --- I don't see anything in the way of moderate Democrats with influence, much less the conservatives he hilariously claims exist within the Democrat party. What I see under one party rule is massive corruption, lockstep obeisance to the party leadership, and a political apparatus enslaved to special interest groups.
Most moderates are phonies. The author of this piece even tried to pass himself off as a moderate Republican at one time.
January 12, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 PM
Hard left Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is good for something after all. He succinctly sums up what ObamaCare means for the future of this country:
What this bill does is we finally take that step… from healthcare as a privilege to healthcare as an inalienable right of every single American citizen.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Except that if the government can grant you an inalienable right to force someone else to pay for the goods and services you consume, why stop at healthcare? Why not an inalienable right to a nice house? All the groceries you can eat? A new car? Obama has been passing out free money to his slimy cronies by the hundreds of $billions with his bailouts and spending sprees. How about an inalienable right to free money for everyone?
Then there are our real rights, the first of which is the right of property. You have no property rights if the government can seize whatever it wants from you to pay for someone else's healthcare. If you have no property rights, what rights do you have? Essentially none — except for the inalienable right to wait in line for substandard healthcare on someone else's dime.
Welcome to socialism. If it's what we deserve, it's what we will get in place of America.
Here's Glenn Beck's rebuttal to healthcare as a right:
Extravagantly expensive "free" healthcare is the bogus right that threatens every real right we cherish.
On a tip from Henry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 PM
Jack Bauer this clown ain't:
On a tip from TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 PM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:50 PM
Robin L. West, a "feminist legal theorist" (translation: Radical Lesbo) affiliated with the Georgetown University Law Center, has published an essay titled, "The Harms of Homeschooling" in the University of Maryland's Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly. West disparages home-schoolers as ignorant Christian trailer trash, and calls for ... you guessed it... extensive Government oversight of home-schooling parents.
The husbands and wives in these families feel themselves to be under a religious compulsion to have large families, a homebound and submissive wife and mother who is responsible for the schooling of the children, and only one breadwinner. These families are not living in romantic, rural, self-sufficient farmhouses; they are in trailer parks, 1,000 square foot homes, houses owned by relatives, and some, on tarps in fields or parking lots.
The statistics that West uses to support this depiction of home-schoolers are... not cited anywhere in the article. But she has anecdotal evidence consisting of... the way she imagines home-schooling families to be. She also claims that home-schooled children are a drag on their communities because the poor quality of their education leaves them unable to contribute economically. This list says otherwise.
What she and other lefty academics fret about is that any children not enrolled in the Government schools are not being indoctrinated in the Government schools. Not being force-fed a curriculum of secularism, political correctness, environmental extremism, and whatever perversion the Safe School Czar has dreamed up. The success of the home-school movement is a source of panic to the collectivized education establishment.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:25 PM
Mark Steyn is always one to take outlandish sarcasm to a whole new level of profound wisdom. His latest comments regarding Obama's War on That Which Must Not Be Named bear mention.
Barack Obama has spent the last year doing bigtime Islamo-schmoozing, from his announcement of Gitmo's closure and his investigation of Bush officials to his bow before the Saudi King and a speech in Cairo to "the Muslim world" with far too many rhetorical concessions and equivocations. And at the end of it the jihad sent America a thank-you note by way of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's underwear: Hey, thanks for all the outreach! But we're still gonna kill you.
What did the Pantybomber have a membership card in? Well, he was president of the Islamic Society of University College, London. Kafeel Ahmed, who died after driving a burning jeep into the concourse of Glasgow Airport, had been president of the Islamic Society of Queen's University, Belfast. Yassin Nassari, serving three years in jail for terrorism, was president of the Islamic Society of the University of Westminster. Waheed Arafat Khan, arrested in the 2006 Heathrow terror plots that led to Americans having to put their liquids and gels in those little plastic bags, was president of the Islamic Society of London Metropolitan University.
Doesn't this sound like a bigger problem than "al Qaeda," whatever that is? The president has now put citizens of Nigeria on the secondary-screening list. Which is tough on Nigerian Christians, who have no desire to blow up your flight to Detroit. Aside from the highly localized Tamil terrorism of India and Sri Lanka, suicide bombing is a phenomenon entirely of Islam. [...] This is not to say (to go wearily through the motions) that all Muslims are potential suicide bombers and ax murderers, but it is to state the obvious - that this "war" is about the intersection of Islam and the West, and its warriors are recruited in the large pool of young Muslim manpower, not in Yemen and Afghanistan so much as in Copenhagen and London.
But the president of the United States cannot say that because he is overinvested in a fantasy - that, if only that Texan moron George W. Bush had read Khalid Shaikh Mohammed his Miranda rights and bowed as low as he did to the Saudi king, we wouldn't have all these problems.
So now Mr. Obama says, "We are at war." But he cannot articulate any war aims or strategy because they would conflict with his illusions. And so we will stagger on, playing defense, pulling more and more items out of our luggage - tweezers, shoes, shampoo, snowglobes, suppositories - and reacting to every new provocation with greater impositions upon the citizenry.
You can't win by putting octogenarian nuns through full-body scanners. All you can do is lose slowly.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:29 PM
Yeah, 10% unemployment (22% real unemployment); America's enemies laughing at us; the complete failure of the counter-terrorism system; endemic corruption in his party that he does nothing about and indeed facilitates; and massive unsustainable deficits do tend to make him look like a failure.
And he's counting on the passage of a health care bill hated by everyone who has actually read it as the trophy prize of his first term.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:23 PM
Michael Mann — the charlatan who invented Al Gore's discredited hockey stick graph — is finally facing an inquiry into the propaganda he has been passing off as research. I would say he's going to be in the hot seat, except that the seat may only be comfortably warm, since his fellow government teat-suckers in Penn State's ivory tower aren't necessarily motivated to reveal the full extent of this Nittany Liar's pseudo-scientific misconduct.
[T]he initial probe involves a committee of just three, all of whom are Penn State employees with a clear interest in preserving the reputation of a university ranked ninth in the nation in receiving government research and development grants. It may raise some eyebrows to know that no outsiders will monitor the proceedings.
The stakes couldn't be higher. The perception of integrity in the climate research community will likely determine whether trillions of dollars are pumped into less-developed nations in the form of virtual reparations to atone for 150 years of unequal occupation of the so-called "carbon space" by more prosperous nations.
In addition to dreaming up the bogus hockey stick graph,
Mann also received email from Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, in which Jones appeared to suggest he had used a "trick" to "hide the decline" in global average temperatures. Another Jones note asks Mann to delete emails that were the target of a Freedom Of Information Act request.
The inquiry will be conducted by just three educrats. If they figure out that this is too big to sweep under the rug for the sake of keeping our money pouring into their pockets via Big Government, there will be a full investigation run by five tenured professors who have "no conflicts of interest and are competent to evaluate the issues objectively." Yeah right.
Even if their buddy Mann isn't treated to a whitewash, don't expect revelations into his fraudulence to make the evening news.
Funding agencies that channel public dollars to Mann's research would receive the report of the investigation committee's findings and any disciplinary action … but the circle of knowledge could end there.
But then, I doubt the liberal establishment media would find this newsworthy anyway.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM
Bernie Madoff was a piker. If you want to watch major league financial misconduct, look no further than the moonbats currently steering our economy straight for the precipice of total economic collapse:
In the current hodge podge of abstract finance, it is easy to get lost in the numbers and lose sight of the forest for the trees. Which is why we provide the ultimate simplification: In calendar (not fiscal) 2009, the US grew its budget deficit by $1.47 trillion. In the same time, the Federal Reserve grew its securities holdings from $500 billion to $1.85 trillion, a $1.34 trillion increase. Keeping it simple: 91% of the budget deficit increase in 2009, under the authority of President Obama, was funded by the… United States.
We are borrowing all this money from ourselves. It's like going on a massive, ongoing spending spree with your credit card, all the while paying it off with your other credit card.
Either our country is run by drooling idiots who couldn't manage the finances for a lemonade stand, or we are witnessing the ultimate application of the Cloward-Piven strategy, by which leftists like our Community Activist in Chief have long dreamed of collapsing the American economy so that they might rebuild the Soviet Union on its ruins.
Either way, if competent, patriot Americans are not able to take the wheel from these maniacs in the very near future, this country is doomed.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:08 AM
In the nanny state dystopia of New York City, shooting heroin is encouraged, with the taxpayer forced to pay for instructions on how to do it. But the authorities won't long permit eating salted food:
Participation in New York City's new anti-salt campaign, which aims to reduce the sodium content of restaurant and packaged food by an average of 25 percent in the next five years, is voluntary for now. But that is also how the city's trans fat ban got started; when restaurants declined to cooperate, they were forced. City officials are downplaying the possibility that recalcitrant volunteers will be conscripted. "There's not an easy regulatory fix," Associate Health Commissioner Geoffrey Cowley told The New York Times. "You would have to micromanage so many targets for so many different products." And when have government bureaucrats ever tried to micromanage business practices?
The answer: every chance they get.
Even if it does not become legally mandatory, the city's salt assault is astonishingly presumptuous. Because it requires the participation of restaurant chains and food manufacturers, it will, if successful, affect the diet of the entire country. Such a nationwide shift is not justified even by the standards of "public health" paternalism, since it could do more harm than good.
Cutting back on salt is recommended for 30% of those with high blood pressure — that is, 10% of the population. As for the rest of us, it may be harmful. After all, salt is an essential nutrient. But then, CO2 is essential to plant life, and that hasn't prevented our rulers from declaring it deadly and using it as a pretext to dictate every detail of our lives.
The presumption is particularly galling in the case of Bloomberg, who is notorious for scarfing the sort of foods he wants to forbid the rest of the country from eating. But then, we're just little people; we can't be trusted to make up our own minds what to eat.
On tips from Varla and Puffdaddy.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:20 AM
The launch of Sarah Palin into her next career move as commentator/contributor on Fox News isn't without its cheerleaders -- if from unexpected quarters.
Washington (CNN) -- One-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may have sent a clear message to the political world, analysts say, by signing a deal to become a TV commentator.
That message: She's unlikely to run in the 2012 presidential race.
"I do think maybe it suggests, sadly for Democrats, that she might not be running," said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala. "Democrats ... are pretty confident they can defeat Sarah Palin. She's not going to beat Barack Obama."
Apparently, the giddy Begala isn't too concerned about the effect this could have on FNC's already stratospheric ratings. At least he has his priorities straight. If just interviews of Palin can help lift the ratings of any given cable news or network talk show, imagine what her mug popping up on a more regular basis will do to Fox's growing share of cable news viewership.
Oh wait, Chuckles Begalia can be funny, too:
"Let's first hope for [Fox News President] Roger Ailes' sake that she doesn't quit that job the way she quit her job as governor of Alaska," Begala joked.
Wasn't that his eyelid twitching, too? Expect to see a spike in new Prozac perscriptions among the socialist elitist left. The pharmaceutical industry never had such a friend as they have in Sarah Palin and FNC. Love her or hate her, she's a viewer magnet who the Loony Left hates and fears so much that they can't stop talking about her.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:19 AM
From the Proposition 8 Trial in California, wherein moonbats seek to (once again) overturn the expressed will of the people. One of the plaintiff whines about why the state needs to redefine marriage to suit her lifestyle choice.
The state isn't letting me feel happy. The state isn't allowing me to feel my whole potential.
If you think the only way you can be happy is if "the state" grants you a piece of paper signed by a bureaucrat that calls your relationship is a marriage, then you are a demented loon. The state exists, or ought to exist, only to perform a limited and defined range of functions individuals can not practically perform on their own. It does, or ought not, exist to cater to the need of loons to have their self esteem validated.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:51 AM
Martha Coakley, the dingbat Democrat anointed by the state's party to occupy the Kennedy seat in the senate can't even spell the name of the state she wants to represent.
At the bottom of the ad it says "Paid for by the Massachusettes Democratic Party. Eighteen years after the fact we still hear Dan Quayle "potatoe" jokes. I wonder how much the left will be yukking it up over this one?
She also claimed there are no terrorists in Afghanistan, which may leave our troops wondering who is setting those roadside bombs, then. Intelligence is not a requirement to be a Democrat elected official; only a hardcore determination to impose failed socialist policies and radical secularism on the American people.
Dishonesty is also a key job skill for Democrat politicians. In the debate, Coakley dishonestly claimed that Scott Brown, the Republican, wanted to deny hospital care to rape victims. (In reality, the Amendment he supported was a conscience clause, exempting hospital workers from having to perform abortions or provide birth control if it went counter to their religious beliefs.)
Dumb, dishonest, and fanatically pro-abortion. Coakley is pretty much the ideal Massachusetts Democrat pol. It also helps if you have light skin and no discernible "negro dialect," which Coakley also has.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:37 AM
The Obamanation Administration will go to great lengths to convince the American people that Hopeychange has really created jobs. The latest move aims to redefine the terms of success for Porkulus:
Instead of trying to count all the jobs "created or saved" by the $787 billion legislation, the White House will now count all jobs funded by the bill, according to a Dec. 18 memo written by the OMB chief [Peter Orzsag].
What shall we call this, the "Orzsagian Quick-Step" method for quantifying job creation? Under any name, it stinks:
OMB says doing this will help improve data quality and improve the public's understanding of the numbers, but some Republican critics view it as a calculated move towards boosting the overall jobs created by the bill.
Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, ... argues there is a political motive behind the changes and that counting jobs that existed before the stimulus was passed or may have existed without stimulus funding is misleading.
In addition to counting all jobs funded by the bill, the government will stop tracking the total number of jobs "created or saved" in a cumulative manner and will instead report the number of jobs funded on a quarterly basis. Issa argues this will make it difficult to identify which jobs have been newly created and those that have been "carried over" from the previous quarter.
Whether or not a job existed before Porkulus and is now simply being funded by diverting funds from Porkulus seems important to clarify, if you're trying to accurately measure success. So, the Obamination aministration naturally won't. Seems reasonable if you want to produce exactly the answer that will win friends and influence people.
And what constitutes "funding" is unclear. Perhaps a "funded" job could mean anything from "funding" the full salary of some highly dedicated public servant at the head of the U.S. Postal Service (who also moonlights to pad that six-figure salary), to "funding" the purchase of a stapler assigned to a temporary Census Bureau worker hauled over from ACORN's Child Trafficking and Prostitution Division.
Of course, government-related jobs will be the only ones they'll be tracking anyway, since basically no one in the private sector is hiring -- even as the size of the Federal workforce continues to climb.
Way to go, OMB. You'll be able to get some just-peachy jobs numbers for President Obama and the Democrats that they will surely be able to ride all the way through the next election, and the one after that.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:31 AM
Massachusetts US Senate candidate Scott Brown hands it to liberal establishmentarian David Gergen with the great line:
It's not the Kennedys' seat and it's not the Democrats' seat. It's the people's seat.
Please, Massachusetts. The whole country is counting on you.
Contributions to Brown's crucial special election campaign can be made here. The country's future literally hangs on this race, which could prevent the Democrats from pushing us over the tipping point into socialism with healthcare nationalization.
On tips from glenwood183, Maryann, Eric, and Steve.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:57 AM
Item Number Three: Martha Coakley, the dingbat who will probably be the next senator from Massachusetts because the people of Massachusetts just plain hate the rest of the United States, thinks there are no terrorists in Afghanistan, and so we should just quit and go home.
"I think we have done what we are going to be able to do in Afghanistan. I think that we should plan an exit strategy. Yes. I'm not sure there is a way to succeed. If the goal was and the mission in Afghanistan was to go in because we believed that the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists. We supported that. I supported that. They're gone. They're not there anymore."
No terrorists in Afghanistan, huh? So, who killed those seven CIA operatives on December 30 last year? And what's to stop the terrorists from setting up shop again after we quit and go home? Or, are we supposed to not care about terrorism because Obama and Napolitano have assured us that the homeland security system is working perfectly?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:21 AM
Item Number Two: Avatar --- a.k.a. Pocahontas in Outer Space --- may be a dull movie whose special effects fail to hide a by-the-numbers plot and hackneyed characters, but it does have one benefit. It's apparently driving moonbats to suicide.
James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning," Hill wrote on the forum. "It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
In general, I'm all in favor of Moonbats committing suicide. Unfortunately, the ones we've elected to office seem to be intent on taking us to national suicide through debt, appeasement, and destruction of the culture.
Bogger Apotheosis observes: "While the movie-making skillset is growing ever more mature, the audience is growing more infantile."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:54 AM
Good Morning Patriots, Good Morning Lefty Masochists Returning for Your Daily Beatings,
Good Morning and Thanks to MaryHunter who
was gunning for my job ably filled in during my absence. (Where was I? I was attending a Harry Reid Seminar on Applied Linguistics at the UNLV.)
Item Number One: Progressive leftists promise a better world will be achieved if any hint of unacceptable prejudice (i.e. prejudice against people other than white Christians) is brought down with jackboot tactics. In the latest example, a business owner on Moonbat-governed Airstrip One was arrested in front of his family for an email he didn't write, that didn't use a racist term.
Council staff believed the email was offensive because (it used the word) 'likey' (which) rhymes with the derogatory term 'pikey'.
The 45-year-old IT boss was held in a police cell for four hours until it was established he had nothing to do with the email, which had been sent by one of his then workers, Paul Osmond.
Imagine being arrested for a Hate Crime because someone sent you an email reading "Obama's ego is getting bigger." This is the insane world people like our leftist trolls want us to live in.
(Hat Tip: Barking Moonbat Early Warning System)
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:50 AM
Nothing to see here, just a little conversation between a few good ol' boys, Senators Harry Reid and Tim Kaine, chattin' at the Cracker Barrel (courtesy of the Washington Times):
I cain't believe all the fuss that's been kicked up over what I said about th' president not bein' like a reg'lar Negro.
Lawks a mercy, I was complimentin' the man.
Billy Bob said a few years back he'd be the one fetchin' the coffee; I don't see people getting' so danged riled up about that.
That's way worse'n what I said.
I said he had no Negro dialect. NO dialect. None.
He ain't like them other Negroes.
People can understand what he's sayin'.
Unless he wanted to talk like a Negro, of course.
He can turn it on with them. They'd expect it.
What I'm sayin' is he can talk to white folk too, that's all.
It was all in the context of you saying positive things about the man.
Dang right. And jumpin' on me for sayin' he's light-skinned. Well he is! It is a fact! Judas Priest, he's half-white.
I'm saying he's not like the rest of 'em; that's my point. He appeals to white folk. He can get votes. Nothin' negative about it.
You said great things about the man, and anyway, you already apologized for 'em.
Now here I'm gettin' dumped on by them dang reporters when the president already said he forgave me.
He said the book is closed, his own words.
Yep. He stood by me. Proves my point.
Mighty white of him.
Yep, he's one a th' good uns.
January 11, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 PM
What's less funny is that if it's up to Dems, our economy will go down with it.
On a tip from Ent.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:05 PM
Republican State Senator Scott Brown is fighting for Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, working tirelessly to defeat continued mindless liberal representation in Taxachusetts in the guise of State Attorney General Martha Coakley. Wouldn't it be nice to see him knock the Democrats out of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority? It may be a little late for ObamaCare, but it's not too late to throw a wrench into Demonrat wet dreams of Cap-and-Trade, Card Check, and multitudes of other "progressive" initiatives crammed through Congress before the November elections.
Some of the latest polls show the race in a dead heat and the election is a week away. Brown is doing a big online donation push and has already more than doubled his original goal of $500,000 in one day. If you're interested, go here.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
Sure, Monty Python used to be funny. But try watching this without shaking your fist at the insufferably condescending moonbat twit John Cleese:
Fortunately now that the unqualified Marxist punk has been elected on the basis of his skin color, everything has been fixed "like that," and useless snoots like Cleese can stop sneering at America.
I did like the part where he pompously asserts that Joke Biden "actually knows what he's talking about." Apparently this has-been still has a few laughs in him.
On a tip from AnonymoUS.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:19 PM
On a tip from TED.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:53 PM
In a slow-motion news flash reminiscent of the MSM's reaction time to the ClimateGate story, the Associated Press now reports on their research on the 2009 stimulus bill and it's profound effect on job creation.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.
Spend a lot or spend nothing at all, it didn't matter, the AP analysis showed: Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how much stimulus money Washington poured out for transportation, raising questions about Obama's argument that more road money would address an "urgent need to accelerate job growth."
Naturally, this result will not be viewed in economic terms -- viz., that government cannot take money out of the private sector as taxes, turn around and pump it back into the economy, and expect to create net economic or jobs growth. It will be seen by Dear Leader Obama and his progressive Democrat pals as another reason that we must pass yet another stimulus bill, to pump more taxpayer money into the economy (and tax the wealthy and untold future generations in order to pay for it). But not so fast, say economists who the AP trusted enough to quote:
"My bottom line is, I'd be skeptical about putting too much more money into a second stimulus until we've seen broader effects from the first stimulus," said Aaron Jackson, a Bentley University economist who reviewed AP's analysis.
Even within the construction industry, which stood to benefit most from transportation money, the AP's analysis found there was nearly no connection between stimulus money and the number of construction workers hired or fired since Congress passed the recovery program. The effect was so small, one economist compared it to trying to move the Empire State Building by pushing against it.
Some will argue that only a modest percentage of the Porkulus funds have been spent thus far. Argue away, with your tinfoil Econ-101 receiver hat tuned into the Hopeychange Radio Nanobot Network. Fact: Government spending is simply redistribution, pulling tax dollars away from the private sector and thus slowing economic growth. More than you ever wanted to know about this truism is available here from the Heritage Fundation.
On a tip from Smoke TNT.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
Europeans in the grip of one of the toughest cold snaps in decades are worried about freezing to death in their unequipped homes, as much of the continent continues to experience a Canadian-style deep freeze.
Polar wind is sweeping across Europe, from Spain to Sweden, but people in the U.K. are in panic mode as temperatures plummet to -22 degrees Celsius. It's just five degrees shy of a record set in northern Scotland in 1982.
Friday's weather was one of the coldest ever recorded in the country, whose average temperature in January is about 6 C.
The government has ordered manufacturers and other corporations to stop using natural gas so that there will be enough to heat homes.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told citizens they should keep as warm as possible.
"They should be turning (the heat) up so they are properly cared for and properly warm in this very difficult weather," he said.
When you get cold, turn up the heat. Brilliant! No wonder they made this guy Prime Minister.
But wait… if energy use creates carbon emissions, which cause global warming, which causes cold weather, won't turning up the heat make you colder?
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:13 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM
In 1956, cartoons like this actually appeared in mainstream newspapers:
A naked two-headed woman bouncing through Grand Central on a pogo stick would draw fewer gasps of astonishment than a cartoon like this in your average newspaper today — which goes a long way toward explaining what is being done to our country.
Compliments of David K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM
What do you get when you combine extravagant stimulus spending with global warming? I'll tell you what you don't get: streets you can drive on.
There's the gold standard of snow and ice removal on major roads in the Midwest — asphalt, plowed smooth and salted for easy driving.
And then there's the reality this year across the region, and in the Northeast, too, where drivers might be lucky to see bare pavement, and some roads are considered good enough if they have a single defined rut for the tires on one side of a vehicle. A "one-wheel path," in industry parlance.
With states and localities facing budget cuts in a time of economic crisis, the early onset of severe storms bringing heavy, wet snow is wreaking havoc on already strained resources and raising concerns about public safety.
"Each snowflake looks like a dollar sign floating down," said Barbara Whitmore, the town clerk in Genesee, Wis., 30 miles west of Milwaukee. "We are basically now trying to just do hills, curves and intersections rather than entire roads for salting. Everything is plowed but might not get down to bare concrete. People like to see the salt so it gets down to bare concrete, but the cost is too high."
Many other counties, cities and states across the regions are also feeling the pinch of expensive storm cleanup — rationing of salt, not plowing side roads, canceling public works projects for fear of running out of money to clear the roads.
Less road maintenance means more accidents — and there are fewer people to clean them up.
Beyond transportation departments, the ranks of first responders had already been reduced in some areas because of budget cuts and mandatory leave. In some states, troopers and highway patrol officers are having a hard time keeping up with accidents on unusually slick roads. …
"We don't have enough officers to handle all the accidents," said Doug Cutts, a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol. "We had multicar pileups, up to 10 vehicles involved in crashes. We just went from one crash to the next crash to the next crash."
Meanwhile — as the handful of legitimate government responsibilities are conspicuously neglected — Big Government has been spending our money, our children's money, and our grandchildren's money by the $trillions in the name of "stimulus." Where does our money go? Only our socialist rulers and their bailed-out cronies know for sure.
On a tip from Scott.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM
It was only a matter of time before liberals became arrogant enough to stop pretending Hitler was a conservative and proudly claim him as one of their fellow progressive collectivists. The first step is rehabilitation, and who better for the job than unhinged Castro hagiographer Oliver Stone?
Stalin and Mao, communist dictators who killed even more people than Hitler did, are also in for a whitewash. This is less surprising, considering that liberals have never really denied that their ideology is communism set to muzak.
Director Oliver Stone's upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries "Secret History of America" promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler "in context."
"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.
Where there is a moonbat with its mouth open, there is moral relativism. Note how Stoned displays the liberal version of "fair and balanced" by lumping an anticommunist in with three socialist butchers who between them killed around 200,000,000 people.
According to liberals, there is no good and bad, only shades of nuance — unless you're talking about someone they don't like (e.g., W, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck). Stone explains:
Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can't judge people as only "bad" or "good." Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. … I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view.
But Hitler did have his dark side, to the extent he was secretly in league with corporate America.
We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM.
Stoned's 10-part propagandathon will also have villains: Harry Truman, for example, who was nasty enough to nuke the gentle Japanese Empire. Also, the sinister American military-industrial complex will be castigated once again.
Now for the scary part:
Stone eventually hopes to send "Secret History" to schools as a teaching curriculum.
Already Stoned's deranged, anti-American ravings aren't far from what kids are force-fed in school. As George Orwell noted, those who control the present, control the past — and those who control the past control the future.
On a tip from Mega.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 AM
This is too much even from moonbats, whose capacity for projection is legendary:
Environment lobby group Sea Shepherd has lodged a piracy complaint in the Netherlands against the captain and crew of a Japanese ship that collided with one of its vessels.
"We have lodged a complaint of piracy with the Dutch prosecuting authority against the captain and crew of the Japanese vessel," Sea Shepherd legal representative Liesbeth Zegveld told AFP…
Readers will recall that the Sea Shepherd managed to get itself plowed into by a Japanese ship against which it was waging piracy, dragging a line meant to entangle the ship's propeller. Here's the ill-fated moonbat pirate ship, complete with Jolly Roger:
Why try the Japanese in a Dutch court? Because the dying remnants of Holland are the canary in the coalmine of moonbattery, providing the best chance of a guilty verdict. But a Dutch court did refuse to arrest President Bush on countermoonbattery charges in 2005 — to Greenpeace's festering chagrin.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:33 AM
Today, Tucker Carlson of Fox News and former Dick Cheney aide Neal Patel launched The Daily Caller, a new web news portal that they promise will endeavor to maintain nonpartisan civility -- something to which Moonbattery would never aspire. Still, in a world with plenty of state-run media outlets such as CNN, Reuters, and AP still have a significant online footprint, it is refreshing to see that another site plans to bring "fair and balanced" news to the web.
Says Andrew Breitbart:
And now, Tucker, with the launch of The Daily Caller, you immediately bring a new and credible voice to our cause. I expect you to be the target of multiple attacks in the very near future. I expect this because I expect you to be effective. To that end, be on the lookout for a bizarre operation by the name of Media Matters for America. You will have a team of dishonest "fact-checkers" distorting many of the stories you report with the goal of intimidating the mainstream media from taking your work seriously.
Says Arianna Huffington:
I have no doubt that there will be many things on The Daily Caller that I disagree with, just as I am sure there are many things on HuffPost that Tucker disagrees with. But I hope that there will also be many things that we can agree on -- the kind of things we file on HuffPost as "Beyond Left and Right." Like the Move Your Money campaign we launched, in which we encourage people to take action to change a broken financial system by moving their money out of too-big-to-fail banks and into local community banks and credit unions. It's neither left nor right. It is populism at its best, appealing to the bedrock American values of community and competition.
Critics will slam The Daily Caller for employing ex-RNC staffers and for being funded by big GOP donors. And that's fine, if they stick to their guns and offer yet another bright light that exposes government corruption and left-wing-extremist lunacy in the way that Big Government has been doing so effectively.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:19 AM
Liz Cheney's national security advocacy organization Keep America Safe released a video late last week that takes President Obama to task for his 100-hour delay in acknowledging the abject fail of "the system" that led to the Panty Bomber terrorist incident, during which time he golfed and his lackeys displayed a profound lack of command of reality.
At least there is only one more week until we get a real hero back into our dismal hopeychange lives again. And yes, that is a profoundly pathetic statement on the state of the nation, isn't it?
[I believe that I am being decommissioned from this assignment. CTU has apparently run out of funding, in the wake of federal dollars instead going toward educating crack-heads how to not burn their lips. -TMH]
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:03 AM
Let's not give Harry "The Racist" Reid all the credit for dissing President Obama because of his race. As noted by Politico's Ben Smith, Bill Clinton, the first black U.S. president, apparently was rather dismissive of the ethnic background of He Who Ended Up Being King during the 2008 campaign.
I've finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which John Heliemann and Mark Halperin report:
[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill's handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.
That would be Caroline the
U.S. Senator-NY A-a-a-a-a-Dolt and Teddy the Swimmer.
Man, this here new book is just going to make Campaign 2010 oh-so-very interesting. What will the next bombshell be?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:45 AM
[During which, your humble servant attempts (and largely fails) to hold down the fort while Sir Gregory of Yardale is off taking French lessons. -TMH]
Good morning, Patriots! Bon matin les socialistes, les mangeurs de fromage avec un mal odeur!
In France, you may soon find yourself forbidden to insult your spouse, on penalty of death -- or at least, some existentially angstful French punishment involving large quantities of very bad American wine and fat-free process cheese food. Talk about sapping all the fun out of a marriage:
It would cover men who shout at their wives and women who hurl abuse at their husbands - although it was not clear [...] if nagging would be viewed as breaking the law.
The law is expected to cover every kind of insult including repeated rude remarks about a partner's appearance, false allegations of infidelity and threats of physical violence.
Electronic tagging has been proposed for repeat offenders -- surgical implantation, we assume. Will this mean the end of The Honeymooners reruns on Parisian television, one wonders.
January 10, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:25 PM
So-called "intellectuals" pepper us from the left and the right with their wit and wisdom. That's fine -- you can generally take it or leave it as an individual. However, watch out when the ideas of those "intellectuals" are elevated to prominence through socio-political forces. Thomas Sowell points out in his new book Intellectuals and Society that, on balance, the Intelligentsia and the ideas they espouse could well have done more harm than good, especially throughout recent history.
Intellectuals generate ideas and ideas matter, whether those ideas are right or wrong, and they matter far beyond the small segment of society who are intellectuals. Ideas affect the fate of whole nations and civilizations. Nowhere is that more true than in our own times, when some people make suicidal attacks to kill strangers who have done nothing to them, as on Sept. 11, 2001, because the attackers are consumed with a set of ideas - a vision - and driven by the emotions generated by those ideas and that vision.
Sowell offers Karl Marx as a prime example of someone whose ideas were not only pushed well beyond their original intent by despotic dictators, but also perpetuated by the aloof elitist intelligentsia of the day -- all with dire consequences.
The ideas that Karl Marx created in the 19th century dominated the course of events over wide portions of the world in the 20th century. Whole generations suffered, and millions were killed, as a result of those ideas. This was not Marx's intention, nor the intentions of many supporters of Marxist ideas in countries around the world. But it is what happened.
Some of the most distinguished intellectuals in the Western world in the 1930s gave ringing praise to the Soviet Union, while millions of people there were literally starved to death and vast numbers of others were being shipped off to slave labor camps.
Many of those same distinguished intellectuals of the 1930s were urging their own countries to disarm while Hitler was rapidly arming Germany for wars of conquest that would have, among other things, put many of those intellectuals in concentration camps - slated for extermination - if he had succeeded.
The 1930s were by no means unique. In too many other eras - including our own today - intellectuals of unquestionable brilliance have advocated similarly childish and dangerous notions. How and why such patterns have existed among intellectuals is a challenging question, whose answer can determine the fate of millions of other people.
Indeed, addressing the "how" and "why" appears to be the aim of Sowell's latest effort.
Think back to those valiant thinkers who gave birth to a tiny nation through a bold dream, a brazen idea that they were willing to fight to the death for -- an idea that was eventually realized as the greatest nation on earth. Woe are we who bear witness to the decimation of the Founders' dream by countless progressives (Democrat and Republican) who, inspired by "brilliant intellectuals," promulgate their own twisted notions of social democracy through social, economic and environmental statism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:37 PM
Is no crime too perfidious to be attempted by conservatives? Liberal El Rushbo wannabe Mike Malloy has revealed that the Christmas Day Underpants Bomber was part of a Republican plot to embarrass Comrade Obama.
Plotting to murder hundreds of innocent people might seem rather extreme for this purpose, but as Malloy reminds us, Americans "kill that many in a week in our adventures around the world in places where we're bombing where we shouldn't even be."
If he could just crank up the insanity another notch or two, Malloy might join fellow Err Un-American alumnus Al Franken in the Senate.
On a tip from daPenguin.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:35 PM
The apology by Harry "The Undertaker" Reid for his minor outbreak of liberal racism will be praised by Democrats and the Elitist Left as having ushered forth from pure and sincere motives. Whom are we to judge Reid's motives? Let's look at the timing.
It sure seems that Reid's words only made news this weekend in an effort to preempt his political enemies, who would surely make hay of his having "N-worded" The Anointed One, once the story broke on Monday with publication of the 2008 campaign book "Game Change".
Indeed, Racist Reid's motives seem all too clear:
Reid, facing a tough 2010 re-election bid, needs the White House's help if he wants to keep his seat. Obama's administration has dispatched officials on dozens of trips to buoy his bid and Obama has raised money for his campaign.
Recognizing the threat, Reid's apologies also played to his home state: "Moreover, throughout my career, from efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and the gaming industry to opposing radical judges and promoting diversity in the Senate, I have worked hard to advance issues."
Even before his ill-considered remarks were reported, a new survey released Saturday by the Las Vegas Review Journal showed Reid continuing to earn poor polling numbers. In the poll, by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Reid trailed former state Republican party chairwoman Sue Lowden by 10 percentage points, 50 percent to 40 percent, and also lagging behind two other opponents. More than half of Nevadans had an unfavorable opinion of Reid. Just 33 percent of respondents held a favorable opinion.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) can not only get away with a "Negro" comment about The Anointed One, but go for over a year without apologizing -- AND remain in the Senate Democrat leadership. Former Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R) can mea culpa up one side and down the other for innocently praising one of his venerable senate colleagues (without using an N-word, mind you) and he is driven to resign his leadership post. The sheer hypocrisy of the Democrats (who will not call for Reid's resignation, you read it here first) is only overshadowed by the unadulterated cynicism of Reid's "apology."
At least we won't have to worry much after this November, when the good folk of Nevada will send Racist Reid back to his sleazy Nevada land deals as a private citizen.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:17 PM
Just as shadows are cast by light, the record cold we've been getting around the world is caused by the chimerical global warming crisis — as confirmed by White House Press Secretary Beltway Bob:
Here's further confirmation from the esteemed scientists David Lecherman and Rachel Madcow:
LETTERMAN: It's all crazy, and then we get a bad winter like we're having now, and then everybody, myself included, thinks, "Well, maybe it's not so bad." But I think, sadly, it's misleading.
MADDOW: I think global warming probably means extreme weather of all kinds.
Still skeptical? Then listen to Lisa Simpson at Free Carbon Offsets (video at the bottom of the page).
If you still aren't convinced, you're probably so stuck in stodgy conventional logic that you don't think the government can spend its way out of incipient bankruptcy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:48 AM
Uh oh. Harry Reid has been caught in a thought crime:
Reid told Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann that Obama was a "light-skinned" African-American who lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
When Trent Lott had Reid's job back in 2002 and made a similar faux pas, Reid called for him to step down from his leadership position. Imagine if he had said this:
A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.
That's what Bill Clinton had to say about Comrade Obama to Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, whom he was trying to coax into supporting Shrillary for President, also reported by Halperin and Heilemann.
As if there were any chance of him getting reelected anyway, Reid will now go into the cringe mode we saw from Lott, Don Imus, Dog the Bounter Hunter, et al., pleading on hands and knees for the sacred race to forgive him. But racism against blacks should surprise no one coming from Democrats; it's integral to their ideology.
So far I have heard from liberals only one sincere reason for voting for Barack Obama: because he's black. This gave them a thrill of self-righteousness. Would they get that same thrill because he was qualified for the job? Of course not. The thrill came precisely from knowing that he was not qualified. Liberals are so noble, they are willing to sacrifice their own country as an offering to blacks, who could never achieve anything that wasn't handed them undeservedly by whites — or so the liberals half-secretly believe. The same perverted combination of condescension and sanctimony that gave us Affirmative Action has put an inexperienced left-wing radical in the White House.
Conservatives would vote for the black guy if and only if he were the best for the job, because they don't have a low opinion of any race, and expect everyone to live up to the same standards.
No gaffe Harry Reid is likely to make could be half as racist as voting for a character like Obama based on his ethnicity.
On tips from John L and J.
January 9, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 PM
Thanks and apologies to everyone who registered with TypePad to comment. The month-long experiment with comment registration is over.
I resisted registration for years not only because it seems like something the government would make you do, but because I was afraid it would be a hassle for readers and dissuade them from commenting. This turned out to be the case even more than I had feared.
People had been calling for comment registration largely because of incessant namejacking. To address this, the IPs of namejackers will have to be banned. Creative variations on someone else's name don't count as namejacking.
Another problem was the plague of drive-by anonymous comments. If commenters don't leave a name, they shouldn't be surprised if a suitable name is provided on their behalf.
Without registration the deluge of spam will return, so comments will have to be shut off on posts more than a few days old.
Thanks for your patience.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:20 PM
In case you didn't know, unions stand to gain fabulously
if when Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care reform passes. Given who had been the most frequent visitor to the White House in 2009, this is no surprise:
According to SEIU's numbers submitted to the Obama transition organization (The National Heath Care Workforce Enhancement Initiative, 12/3/2008), public sector labor bosses like Stern and AFSCME's Gerald McEntee have 21.1 million reasons to support ObamaCare. After the November election, Stern's SEIU submitted the following health occupation numbers to Rahm Emmanuel et al. at Obama, Inc.:
...there are currently 17.6 million jobs in health care settings or in health occupations nationally, accounting for almost 12% of the workforce. In addition to nursing and direct care workers, the United States faces looming personnel shortages in many health professions such as physicians and pharmacists.
Overall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that we will need 3.5 million more workers to meet the [current] increasing demand of health care services.
That's 21.1 million workers that SEIU and AFSCME expect will eventually become federal or state employees; employees that Stern and McEntee could force into their unions by the stroke of a Presidential pen.
If the average dues were just $75 a month, 100% participation would translate into $19 billion per year in forced union dues for SEIU and AFSCME. That's a big piece of pie!
There has been chatter among talking heads that unions are sore at Obama because their members could be taxed for their near-Cadillac health plans. However, don't sell union leaders short on their pure cynicism, even if their membership suffers under the draconian ObamaCare penalties on high-end health insurance plans:
It is true that everyone in the country will be hurt by the current Obamacare policies, it is true that everyone will experience less healthcare coverage at higher costs, it is true that government will ration healthcare and the elderly and very young will find less access to healthcare, it is true that government will destroy the best healthcare in the world. But the bosses of [...] SEIU and [...] AFSCME, Andy Stern and Gerald McEntee, feel that the trade offs will be worth the loss.
[...] Stern and McEntee just don't give a flying fig if their members lose the wonderful healthcare plans they now have (and they will if Obamacare is passed). After all, if Obamacare wins, so do the unions.... and BIG!
On a twip from CO2HOG
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM
Germans aren't normally the people you want to follow when it comes to politics, having produced many of the founding fathers of modern totalitarianism (Bismarck, Marx, Engels, Hitler). But at least they're treating the Moonbat Messiah with the ridicule he deserves:
Now a German musical is set to pay an all-singing, all-dancing tribute to the world's most powerful [moonbat]. Hope! will soon premiere in Frankfurt.
Wearing a knitted cardigan and crooning into his microphone, Barack Obama paces around the stage, wooing Michelle with a love song. In another number, now clad in a suit, Jimmie Wilson who plays Obama, struts up and down, clasping his mike and leading a euphoric gospel chorus of "Yes We Can."
That ought to set the audience snickering. But wait… they're serious!
"I had the initial idea right at the start of Obama's electoral campaign," American writer and composer Randall Hutchins told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "I found the atmosphere exciting and that was my inspiration. People hoped change would result in a better life. It was a beautiful, very social time."
The imposition of socialism is very social, all right.
Amazingly enough, the screwball concept isn't even original:
This is not the only performance to fuse rock, pop and rap to tell Obama's story. Last March a small theatre in London staged "Obama On My Mind," a musical performance, written by Teddy Hayes.
Tickets to Hope run as high as $216. At that price, the audience had better not have to bring its own barf bags.
On a tip from Henry.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:07 AM
Hillary Clinton apparently was hesitant to take the position as Secretary of State for one reason in particular: her philandering, lying, big-nosed, yuck-a-minute husband:
CBS News reports that according to the new book "Game Change," Mrs. Clinton reportedly told president-elect Obama: "There's one last thing that's a problem, which is my husband. You've seen what this is like; it will be a circus if I take this job." President Obama pressed for her to take the job anyway.
In retrospect, maybe having Bill Clinton back in the White House as First Husband would not have been such a bad thing after all, in comparison to what we now are cursed with: an America-hating communist and a Klingon wench.
January 8, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:07 PM
Image courtesy of markhallCC
On a wintry tip from nancz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:27 AM
Snarky moonbat propagandist Maureen Dowd's talents are wasted at the New York Slimes. Anyone who could deliver this line with a straight face belongs in standup comedy:
Obama loves smart women. Janet Napolitano is a big favorite…
Stop it Maureen, you're killing me!
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:36 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:10 AM
Destined to be another Ray Stevens classic, and most certainly another anthem for the Tea Party movement:
We the People have awakened to your tricks!
On a spot-on tip from nancz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM
Despite the farcical Copenhagen conference and Al Gore's continued bellowings, it just keeps getting colder out there. Having no way to reconcile this with the preposterous lie that the planet is imperiled by global warming, the warmist media has again fallen back upon the intellectual foundation of the left: dadaism. From MSNBC (owned by GE, which stands to profit massively from the global warming hoax):
Beijing had its coldest morning in almost 40 years and its biggest snowfall since 1951. Britain is suffering through its longest cold snap since 1981. And freezing weather is gripping the Deep South, including Florida's orange groves and beaches. …
Such weather doesn't seem to fit with warnings from scientists that the Earth is warming because of greenhouse gases. But experts say the cold snap doesn't disprove global warming at all — it's just a blip in the long-term heating trend.
"It's part of natural variability," said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, "we'll still have record cold temperatures. We'll just have fewer of them." …
Scientists say man-made climate change does have the potential to cause more frequent and more severe weather extremes, such as heat waves, storms, floods, droughts and even cold spells. But experts interviewed by The Associated Press did not connect the current frigid blast to climate change.
Laughter could be driving these liars back from the position that cold is caused by warmth, but they still maintain that even though it keeps getting colder, it's still getting warmer. They really do think we're stupid enough to take their word for it.
On a tip from Mega.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 AM
Having arrogantly ignored the will of the American people repeatedly while running up massive deficits, sinking $trillions into cronies' pockets and pork barrel boondoggles, and now seizing the healthcare industry by the throat in their ham-like fists, Democrats might seem to have no interest in winning future elections. But they have a plan, which can be summed up in a single word: cheat.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, have plans to ram through legislation that will produce universal voter registration. No matter what they claim, the rule changes will make it possible for illegal aliens to register to vote and for others to register multiple times.
The proposal is to register everyone on every welfare list, everyone getting unemployment insurance, everyone with a driver's license, everyone who has had run-ins with the legal system, everyone owning any property — basically everyone on every list the government keeps. People will be registered to vote whether or not they want to be registered. If individuals are on any public record, they will be automatically registered.
Obviously a lot of illegal aliens have driver's licenses, and many get other government benefits. Quite a few have rap sheets. People's names and other identification information are frequently recorded differently across these different lists, which means that one could be registered a separate time for every slight variation in how their personal information is kept on file.
The legislation is also expected to give felons the right to vote. Why Democrats insist on letting someone who has raped multiple women vote on social policy is beyond us. According to Democrats, robbers who have preyed on helpless victims — and even murderers — have the judgment to tell us how law enforcement should be run in this country.
The same moral depravity that leads people to commit felonies makes them overwhelmingly likely to vote for Democrats. As noted earlier, this avenue of harvesting votes is also being aggressively pursued by the liberals running our courts.
As if proof were needed that the objective is to encourage vote fraud:
For years, Democrats have fought against requiring photo IDs at polling places. The practice, which is simply a way to make sure voters are who they say they are, is used in about 100 other countries. Mexico, for example, has cracked down on voter fraud and is strict about requiring photo identification to vote. If Democrats have their way, it will be easier for Mexicans to vote in America than in their own country.
It speaks volumes about Democratic unpopularity that they have to look to criminals and illegal aliens to try to shore up their voting base.
Meanwhile, Comrade Obama's alma mater ACORN — which specializes in vote fraud — continues to be showered with money stolen from our paychecks, despite having been revealed as the most vile criminal organization imaginable.
On another front, you can expect amnesty for illegal aliens to be shoved through soon with the same insolent disregard for the will of American citizens that has characterized the healthcare power grab. The result will be millions of Third World immigrants pouring across the deliberately undefended border in search of a handout to form a permanent underclass that our current rulers hope will overwhelm those of us who still create wealth, rather than wait for the government to confiscate it from its rightful owners on our behalf.
Via the Examiner, John Fund offers more info on the "universal registration" gambit to vastly expand vote fraud:
On tips from Karin, Muddypaw, and Cheetah.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:13 AM
Lauri Regan reports at American Thinker:
This past week, I was having lunch at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan when my colleague noticed Al and Tipper Gore dining across the room with another couple. It was a frigid day, with record-breaking temperatures keeping most people indoors, and we were the last two tables in the restaurant.
As the Gore party started walking out of the room, my colleague called out, "Hey, Al, how's all that global warming working out for you?" Gore turned around and stared at us with a completely dumbfounded look on his face. He was speechless. With a smile, my colleague repeated the question, again to a hapless look of dismay.
Finally, Gore mumbled under his breath, "Wow, you sound awfully angry." I responded with a thank you, explaining to him that we were actually extremely amused. The encounter concluded with Gore's friend mouthing a very animated "f--- you" at us, and they skulked away.
It seems Prince Albert has been in a rotten mood ever since the cold got so extreme, it froze him in a block of ice that not even his customary blasts of hot air can melt:
On tips from Edward and glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
Following up on Infrequent Morning Panties - Item B, here's what the moonbat dhimmi gnomes at Google offer you when you enter "Christianity will":
As for "Islam will":
If Google really is sucking up to Muslims again, as they have done by banning anti-jihad YouTube videos, maybe they should be pandering to our socialist rulers instead, lest they follow France's lead and start taxing Internet searches.
Google's European headquarters are in Ireland, but under the proposal, the operator would pay a levy every time a French internet user clicks on an advertising banner or sponsored link on its sites.
Internet news site Numérama asks:
As France and Europe are incapable of fostering the emergence of big internet players, why not tax American success stories to fund their ageing industries?
Why can't Europe foster big Internet players? Because socialism smothers innovation and initiative, leaving nothing but taxes, regulations, mediocrity, and misery. Under Chairman Zero, we're following closely in France's footsteps.
On tips from jcebern and Wiggins.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:53 AM
[Can't... hold... on... Must... stop... Meme... too... powerful.... -TMH]
After having seen a piece on Fox News last night about how our intelligence satellites are being aimed at global ice and used to look into that global warming hoax instead of looking for Panty Bomber terrorists, we were hoping we could find some other justification for this wasteful surveillance. Well, we did, from IMAO:
So I guess Obama tasked the CIA to spy on ice. This is great because it's not like there is anything more important the CIA should be spying on. You may be saying, "Shouldn't they be spying on terrorists?" No. That's a matter for law enforcement. But ice doesn't fall under our judicial system, so it's the perfect target for the CIA. Did you know that ice has on numerous occasions collaborated with the Russians? And it's also liquid water in disguise, but why the disguise? That's why the CIA is so interested in the ice when it melts: If it's shedding its disguise, it's probably up to something.
We're feeling so much safer now.
(If the poster of that recent satellite photo of the UK could re-post it, we'll use it.)
UPDATE: Better late than never, on a tip from Reiuxcat:
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:33 AM
[Once again, we beg forgiveness from the Spirit of Yardale as we delicately try to re-amplify his resident meme without too much damage to our mind and body. Be kind, gentle reader. -TMH]
Google me this. Google me that. But don't try to Google "Islam is" cuz you won't get much help at all. While we all, of course, know we can search and find this:
...but you can't know this:
Well, If I worked for Google, I guess I'd rather keep my cushy job with great pay in a nice city than have a fatwa put on my geek head any day.
On a tip from Scott (who is fast becoming my favorite source in a pinch).
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:18 AM
Good morning patriots! Good morning, liberal toadies with oh-so-soft white underbellies!
[Without promising more than a few stabs at this while Sir Yardale is away slaying moonbats in some warmer clime, we'll see what happens... but bear in mind that we are completely aware that we are most unworthy of this "Morning Briefs" meme. -TMH]
Gitmo detainees are singing Don't Make Me Go to Illinois.
[Detainee lawyer] Falkoff notes that many of his clients, while they clearly want to go home, are at least being held under Geneva Convention conditions in Guantánamo. At Thomson, he notes, the plans call for them to be thrown into the equivalent of a "supermax" security prison under near-lockdown conditions.
"As far as our clients are concerned, it's probably preferable for them to remain at Guantánamo," he says.
The story has been kicking around under the radar for a few days but it just begs a huge belly-laugh. How poetic: Obama, who wants to close Guantanamo asap, will not only miss his self-imposed January deadline, but at least some of the detainees will sue to stay. If he leaves it open, the whole Muslim world will burn him in effigy. So, whether you piss of a few Muslims, or you piss of lots... you're still pissing off Muslims.
On a tip from Scott.
January 7, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 PM
Beautiful! CNN's Jack Cafferty rips the Moonbat Messiah a new one over the secretiveness, arrogance, and thuggery with which he and his fellow Dems are seizing control of the healthcare industry:
To paraphrase LBJ, if Chairman Zero has lost Jack Cafferty, he's lost the country.
On a tip from Olivia.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:48 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:15 PM
If the wannabe-hip leftist rag Rolling Stone condemns anyone as a "climate killer", they most certainly should be celebrated as a sensible patriot who understands either that Global Warming-Climate Change is a hoax, or even if they believe in it, that the economic consequences of trying to "do anything" about it would be catastrophic to America's economy, not to mention the planet's.
Among those whom we should praise in this intellectual counterinsurgency:
Topping the [Rolling Stone list] list was Berkshire Hathaway CEO, Obama supporter and media darling Warren Buffett.
The magazine criticized Buffett for "doing far more than bad-mouthing climate legislation - he's literally banking on its failure" by adding 1.28 million shares of ExxonMobil to his books and acquiring a railroad that hauls coal.
Also on the Rolling Stone list were a number of predictable targets for left-wing vitriol, from News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and ExxonMobil's Rex Tillerson to Sen. James Inhofe and retired physicist Fred Singer. Each person on the list was given a nasty moniker like "the Fake Protestor" or "The Know Nothing."
The outlandish hyperbole in the article is, of course, typical for the lamestream media, whose bias on this issue is apparent to any sentient being with two brain cells and a thermometer:
The Business & Media Institute has documented how a number of media outlets favor global warming alarmism rather than including other viewpoints in news reports. For every dissenter appearing on the networks, there were 13 alarmists airing their views. By censoring the global warming debate, the news media often leave viewers with the impression that the "science is settled."
Those same networks ignored the November 2009 climate e-mail scandal "ClimateGate" for two weeks despite the looming climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
One cannot overstate the economic and sociopolitical devastation that would come to our nation and the world, through pursuit of draconian strategies to limit CO2 output. Any enemy of this legion of stupidity marching us toward a green armageddon is a hero.
On a generous if saucy tip from V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:02 PM
Illinois Panel Votes in Favor of Gitmo Plan On Same Day That 3 Federal Prisoners Escape Illinois Prison
…and from Founding Bloggers:
But don't worry, bloodthirsty terrorists won't escape. Why would they bother, when Obama, Holder, et al. will probably release them soon anyway?
On a tip from Scott Thong.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:36 AM
In this time of bloated federal government employment vs. work done in the real, widgit-producing America, the Internal Revenue Service has established a grade of "barely passing" as their goal for excellent serivce this tax season.
The agency has set a goal of answering only 71 percent of calls to its toll-free help line this year, and those fortunate enough to get through are expected to spend an average of 12 minutes on hold, according to a report released Wednesday by an IRS ombudsman.
Perhaps if the tax code were not esquisitely labarinthine and incomprehensible, the IRS wouldn't even have to answer any questions.
A 71% task completion goal is barely acceptable (or at best, mediocre) in our educational system, would widely be considered a FAIL by the private sector (with sackings and cut bonuses to boot), but it is considered a success by the Federal Government.
Picture tip: Patriot Tom, via Bergbikr
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:42 AM
No one has explained the horrors of global warming to Florida manatees:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State wildlife officials said 429 manatees died in Florida last year, nearly 100 more deaths than in 2008.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Wednesday the increased deaths can be attributed, in part, to cold stress during the winter months of 2008 and 2009.
According to a news release, biologists documented a record high of 56 cold stress-related deaths in 2009, more than double the five-year average. They also found high numbers of boat-related and newborn deaths.
Gore lied, manatees died. Oh the humanity.
Hat tip: Rush.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM
Hard as it is to believe, the clownish kook Geraldo Rivera has competition for the title of biggest moonbat on allegedly right-wing Fox News. The latest from Shep Smith:
In an interview on Fox News Channel's Studio B on Wednesday, New York Congressman Peter King criticized President Obama for his "race to close Guantanamo," prompting host Shepard Smith to parrot left-wing talking points on the subject: "[Obama] said that gave us a black eye around the world and studies seem to suggest that's exactly what it did." …
King pointed out Smith's bias: "I think only a person that's incredibly naive would say that we got — that we deserve that black eye. We got it because elements in the media and elements in the Democratic Party kept parroting that line." In reply, Smith could be heard off camera sighing in disgust: "Ugh."
Here's Shep a little earlier, on the topic of saving potentially millions of innocent lives by subjecting a few hardened terrorists to momentary discomfort by waterboarding:
We are America! I don't give a rat's ass if it helps! We are America! We do not f***ing torture!
But we do occasionally drive into women with our cars. From 2000:
Capitol Police on Friday arrested Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith, one of hundreds of journalists in town to cover the election drama, after police said Smith struck another reporter with his car during an argument over a parking space.
The reporter, Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee, is a freelance journalist who works for Bay News 9, a cable news channel based in Pinellas Park.
By day's end, Walsh was released from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with bruises on her knees and legs, police said. Smith, 36, was charged with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, a felony, and was released on $10,000 bail from the Leon County Jail.
Police gave this account:
About 2 p.m., Walsh was standing on Monroe Street across from the Capitol, in a rare empty space in a parking lot crowded with television satellite trucks. She told police she was saving the space for co-workers. Smith drove up in a white Mazda Millenia and yelled at her to move.
"He shouted some profanities at her and basically just struck her, striking her at the knees, which threw her up on the car," said Sgt. Edwin Maxwell.
Walsh told police that Smith got out of his car, shut the door and walked past her, across Monroe Street to the Capitol, where he and a dozen other television reporters had set up makeshift studios for their live broadcasts.
But Smith has continued his career at FNC, whose "fair and balanced" motto apparently requires inclusion of the unbalanced to be fair and balance those who are balanced. At least Schlep hasn't threatened to spit on Michelle Malkin.
On tips from Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:58 AM
Our uber-elitist, ultra-PC Obama administration has inserted a new question into the 2010 Census form that has a few heads spinning:
The U.S. Census has shocked the senses for many who want to know why the descriptor, "Negro," is being used in the 2010 questionnaire, the New York Daily News reported.
The term is included under Question No. 9 of the 2010 census questionnaire, which was approved by Congress over a year ago.
[...T]he Census Bureau has defended its decision to include the word, saying older generations of African Americans often identify themselves as "Negroes," according to the newspaper.
"Many older African Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do," Census Bureau spokesman Jack Martin told the newspaper. "Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included."
It's unconscionable that the Census form does not include "Slave Blood (indicate fraction)" or especially "Pinkish-Tan American of Mostly Germanic Descent" as choices. The former would make reparations so much easier to figure out; the latter would facilitate rounding up those Tea-Bagging Skinheads.
At least the Census Bureau is contracting with known racist organizations for help collecting data as well as offending the sensitive directly with their questions. They've got enough going to piss everyone off.
Hat tip: Glenn Beck.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
This gives an idea of just how fed up America is getting with the extremism and abuse of power Democrats have flaunted over the past year. Even in ultra-liberal Taxachusetts, the seat of leftist icon Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy could be taken by Republican Scott Brown:
Attorney General Martha Coakley leads her Republican rival state Sen. Scott Brown by a mere nine points in the race to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll published [Tuesday]. …
The survey also found 21 percent of likely special election voters have a "very favorable" opinion of Coakley, while 22 percent have a "very unfavorable" view of her.
For Brown, the survey found 25 percent of voters had a "very favorable" view of him and five percent gave him a "very unfavorable" rating.
Nine points is highly surmountable, especially since turnout is expected to be low, and conservatives are much more motivated than the bovine liberals who are chewing their politically correct cud ever more slowly as they watch their country come apart around them under the rule of the socialist kooks they elected.
Still more amazing — the local liberal establishment rag has poked Croakley in the nose:
In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.
Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.
But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.
It was only after the toddler's mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.
Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley's office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley's successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.
Coakley, now the Democratic candidate for US Senate, has made much of her record prosecuting crimes against children, and says her office handled this investigation appropriately. But the case stands out as one in which she drew criticism for not being aggressive enough. … John Swomley, a defense lawyer who has represented clients prosecuted by Coakley, said he found her decision to recommend that Winfield be released on personal recognizance unusual.
Even in New England, whose liberal courts are infamous for siding with perverted fiends against the children they prey on, this is not good press — and as Jules Crittenden reports,
this is just the latest friendly fire. Earlier the Globe whacked her for a go-lightly deal that left the late infamous diddler priest, John Geoghan, free to diddle.
Then there's this, from Globe columnist Brian McGrory:
If you're a registered voter in Massachusetts, your friendly Democratic Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, is sticking her thumb in your eye.
Coakley, in exquisitely diva-like form, is refusing all invitations to debate her Republican opponent in the race, Scott Brown, unless a third-party candidate with no apparent credentials is included on the stage. She may also require a crystal bowl of orange-only M&Ms in her dressing room, but we haven't gotten that far yet. Her demands have led to an astonishing result: there will be just one — that's one — live televised debate in the Boston media market this general election season.
She's counting on voters, knowledgeable or not, to reflexively pull the Democratic lever. …
This is all part of a Coakley pattern. When she ran for attorney general, she didn't allow even the Republican candidate on a debate stage. In fact, she refused to debate at all.
…let's take a look at Coakley's campaign schedule for today. Well, actually, we can't. There isn't one. She isn't doing anything in public — no meetings with voters, no debates, no public appearances. For all we know, she's spending much of her time at home with the shades drawn waiting for Jan. 19, Election Day, to come and go.
Once the arrogant socialists in charge consolidate their power, they won't need the press behind them anymore — hostile media can be dealt with Hugo Chavez-style. But if they lose it too soon, America might still have a chance.
On tips from Byron and Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:59 AM
FNC's outrageously gnomish Greg Gutfeld is a bit outraged that newly appointed Transgender Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department Amanda Simpson was clearly being used as a quota prop by Dear Leader Obama, to elevate public weirdness to the mainstream -- an act which will clearly earn him (the President him, not "her" him) another gift from the Alternative Nation (a white leather thong/ball gag combo, perhaps).
Sez Gutfeld, in short: "The role of government is not to fill quotas but to protect us from harm, pure and simple." Go tell that to Simpson, Marshall, Ferraro, Albright, Thomas, Powell, Rice, O'Connor, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Palin, etc., and their enablers, who clearly considered race and/or gender (or lack thereof) in their decisions.
Rumored as The Amazing Obama's next "First" to pander to the secular-relativist-gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender Left: he will be the first president to full-mouth kiss Adam Lambert at the State of the Union Address.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM
If you've been boycotting the overhyped Avatar because of the anti-American ecocommie ideology it rams down the audience's throat, you might find yourself in unexpected company. Some militant gays don't like the movie either, because the characters are at least semi-recognizably male and female:
A Website attempting to stop the release of James Cameron's Avatar argues that the film is offensive because in the future, human beings will evolve and transition to transgenderism.
"Heterosexual arrogance, assumptions or exclusions of alternative sexualities in movies is no longer acceptable," reads the site StopAvatarMovie.Blogspot.com. "Diversity and tolerance are human rights."
Got that? You have a human right to be forbidden from making movies with characters that aren't polysexual weirdoes.
The website is sprinkled with arguments suggesting that given the current course of evolution, it would be far more likely for the film's hero, Jake, to be gay, bi, or trans than it would for him to be straight.
"The film also makes a gross assumption that the old hetrosexual ways on Earth would somehow be occurring with another race of being on a totally different world with its own unique culture."
As for reproduction, a world of homosexuals could just legislate the next generation into existence.
Plans have been hatched to strike down the blockbuster on behalf of the homosexual agenda by buying tickets in bulk and then not attending, with the clever idea that "an empty theatre sends a message."
In other Avatar news, an original copy of the script has turned up at Blame It on the Voices:
On tips from Steve T and DarcsFalcon. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:19 AM
Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning Demented Lefty Lamos,
Three quick items, then I'm off to catch a plane. Then, I'll see you next Tuesday. (I mean that literally, I'm not discreetly saluting a feminist.)
Item Number One: AIDS-addled blogger Andrew "Milky Loads" Sullivan wants the United States to invade Israel. Yeah, that should put a stop to all the Jewish terrorism that takes so many innocent lives each year. Seriously, he thinks American troops should force Israel and the Palestinians to accept a two-state solution, then everything will be perfect forever.
I got a better idea. Let's just accept the fact that there will never be peace in that sand-lined nuthouse and just let the inhabitants deal with each other. The problem isn't a Middle East conflict, it's a Middle East culture. And that can't be fixed.
Item Number Two: A dingbat feminist writer claims that moonbat heterosexuals are refusing to get married out of solidarity with gays. I call BS. Let me illustrate to all those ding-y feminist broads what's really going on:
Dippy Liberal Chick: Let's get married.
Dippy Liberal Chick's Shack-Up Honey: But that would be so insensitive to our gay brothers and sisters. Instead, let me just keep having sex with you without any tangible commitment.
Dippy Liberal Chick: I am so lucky to have a sensitive guy like you.
Dippy Liberal Chick's Shack-Up Honey: Damn right! Now, make me some bacon.
Item Number Three: The North Dakota Democrat Party has approached Loud, Stupid, MSDNC host Ed Schultz to run for senate. Apparently, Al Franken is tired of being the biggest joke on Capitol Hill.
This event blows away any argument that the obnoxioius, dim-witted Schultz is out of the progressive mainstream.
I'm just gonna step aside now and let the usual dimwitted hacks rave about how wonderful Sen. Stewart Smalley is. Have a nice weekend.
January 6, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:53 PM
The AARP is having enough trouble, what with the outcry by many over their truly incomprehensible support of ObamaCare. While some burn their AARP cards and others jump ship to other senior-interest organizations like the ASA, others want to scrap the AARP for a new organization that better represents their interests.
On a tip from Old Man Bergbikr.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:53 PM
It being so rare these days to spot a card-carrying Dem who catually possesses some common sense, it bears pointing out whenever it happens. Listen: former New York mayor Ed Koch agrees with Charles Krauthammer on the failing grade Obama gets for his War on That Which Cannot Be Named. Koch, in referring to Krauthammer's outstanding recent column, has nothing but praise for Krauthammer's criticisms of Obama's incompetent and incomprehensible approach toward Islamofascist terrorism in the wake of Gitmo, Ft. Hood, and Flight 253.
Koch has a history of being quite bullish on the War on Terror, to the point of supporting Bush's re-election bid and lambasting the liberal loons who were out to tie Bush's hands on counterterrorism during his second term. Oh, Koch was an Obama supporter alright, even campaigned for him, but apparently he had forgotten (as so many of his kind) that we were still at war... or Obama's Kool-Aid and nanobots lulled him into thinking that we weren't anymore. Nonetheless, the Ed Koch we conservatives grew to admire is back:
Krauthammer makes a telling point when he writes, "The reason the country is uneasy about the Obama administration's response to this attack is a distinct sense of not just incompetence but incomprehension.
Mr. President, I hope you read the Krauthammer column. It is not too late for you to recover from the setbacks you suffered in the year just ended. Your commitment to battling Islamic terrorism led by al-Qaida, which has a presence in an estimated 62 countries, must be believably reaffirmed with both words and deeds.
Also, reverse your position on Guantanamo and try enemy combatants in military courts.
Needless to say, Obama will not take Koch's advice. But if only a few more prominent Lefties are nudged even slightly by Koch's critique of Dear Leader, maybe new openings for countermoonbattery in counterterrorism will reveal themselves.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 PM
Incredible as it may seem with our 10%+ unemployment rate, the crooks now running our country justified the bank-busting Porkulus looting spree by pretending it would create jobs.
Empty promises aside, every major piece of legislation advanced by the Obama/Reid/Pelosi regime has been tailor-made to drive up unemployment, thereby increasing our dependence on Big Government. FDR got away with launching unemployment through the stratosphere with his war on "malefactors of great wealth," aka employers. Will we let socialists do it to us again?
On a tip from Milton.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:48 PM
A conservation group's boat had its bow sheared off and was in danger of sinking as it took on water Wednesday after it was struck by a Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica, the group said.
If the moonbats don't back off, people who make a living from the sea might have to invest in torpedoes.
Clashes using hand-thrown stink bombs, ropes meant to tangle propellers and high-tech sound equipment have been common in recent years, and crashes between ships have sometimes occurred.
Naturally the eco-pirates are screeching that the Japanese rammed them on purpose — despite video that belies the claim.
The crew was rescued by a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel named after the antediluvian game show clown Bob Barker, who paid for it. Bob proudly barks:
[Militant moonbat Paul Watson] said he thought he could put the Japanese whaling fleet out of business if he had $5 million. I said, "I think you do have the skills to do that, and I have $5 million, so let's get it on," so that's what we did.
Putting the productive out of business is what moonbattery is all about.
On tips from FrankW and JWWright.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:50 PM
Say what you will about Nazi Pelousy, at least she has a sense of humor:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.
C-SPAN wrote a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking that TV cameras be allowed to film negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform legislation.
But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the process.
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation," Pelosi said at a press conference.
Meanwhile, Republicans have been completely locked out of the process, as apparently has CSPAN, despite the Moonbat Messiah's explicit promises to the contrary. It would be more accurate to say there has never been a less open process for any legislation — including legislation passed in the sort of banana republic into which America is quickly degenerating under Democrat rule.
Once again Dems apply the principle that the more outlandish the lie, the more likely people will be too flabbergasted by their arrogance to respond.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:01 PM
Liberalism is the ideology of the criminal. While others create, liberals use force to expropriate. For moral cover, they cloak themselves in altruism (which is in itself a moral illness, as Ayn Rand made a career of explaining). But there is absolutely zero moral difference between breaking into someone's house and stealing money to buy crack, and voting for bureaucrats who will use equally coercive measures to steal money to finance the progressive agenda.
It is no coincidence that progressives are wrong on every moral issue. They side with parasites against the productive, degenerates against the decent, abortionists against babies, terrorists against civilians, savages against civilization, animals against humans. This is because, having built their entire ideology on a foundation of theft and coercion, liberals are morally depraved by definition.
Consequently it comes as no surprise that criminals overwhelmingly support Democrats. Even less surprising are liberal efforts to extend the vote to felons:
A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out Washington's law banning incarcerated felons from voting, finding the state's criminal-justice system is "infected" with racial discrimination.
The surprising ruling, by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, said the law violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising minority voters. …
[State Attorney General Rob] McKenna said the ruling, if upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, would apply to all 48 states that ban voting by felons in prison or on supervision.
The "racism" ploy is predictable not only because it is the default fallback position of moonbats who can find no other way to justify their assault on society, but because blacks are far more likely to be felons, as a result of committing crimes at a grotesquely disproportionate rate.
This is a tribute to the success welfare policy has had in destroying the black family. Thanks to a government that pays generously for the production of babies out of wedlock, the black illegitimacy rate is an appalling 70%. Children raised in single-parent households are far more likely to become criminals (PDF).
Full voting rights for felons will close a perfect vicious cycle: Criminals vote for Democrats, who devote more money to welfare programs, producing more illegitimate children who grow up to be criminals.
Already we have criminals running the government; they are deliberately dismantling our civilization as we watch.
On a tip from Lyle.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:12 AM
Human Events is offering a chance to speak out against the insane show trial Comrade Obama is granting 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a stone's throw from Ground Zero. A petition to be sent to Chairman Zero's pro-terrorist lackey John Holder lists the following reasons for opposing this sick spectacle:
1. Trying these terrorists in a civilian court would be a break with 200+ years of American jurisprudence. From British spies during the War of Independence to Nazi saboteurs caught on U.S. soil during World War II, we have tried those who make war against America in military, not civilian, courts. This change in policy sets a potentially catastrophic precedent. This would not happen with a military tribunal;
2. The very real possibility exists that if tried in a civilian court, KSM and the others could be acquitted on a technicality, such as their not having been informed of their Miranda rights, or having been denied a speedy trial. This would not happen with a military tribunal;
3. KSM and the others should not be allowed to hijack our courts, using them as a media circus to promulgate their hate-filled, extremist views. This would not happen with a military tribunal;
4. A civilian trial would send the dangerous message to our enemies that the United States has reverted to its ineffective, pre-9/11 crime-fighting approach to terrorism. This would not happen with a military tribunal;
5. In a civilian trial, valuable intelligence about interrogation techniques and other classified information will be revealed to America's enemies, giving them a huge advantage in successfully carrying out terrorist plots in the future. This would not happen with a military tribunal;
6. Americans are willing to pay to ensure justice is served. However, the estimated security cost of $200 million for the KSM trial is completely avoidable and a total waste of taxpayer money. This would not happen with a military tribunal; and
7. While Americans are willing and able to stand up to protect themselves and their property, trying KSM and the others in New York invites a terrorist attack, creating a huge, unnecessary risk to our court workers, jurors, and everyone in the New York City area. This would not happen with a military tribunal.
Of course, against these cons we have to weigh the big pro of the opportunity this will present for the leftists running our government to blame 9/11 on pre-Obama America.
Don't pass up a chance to petition our rulers for redress of our grievances while our "deeply flawed" Constitution is still more or less in force.
Hat tip: RedState.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:55 AM
So far there has been exactly one good thing about the absurd Affirmative Action presidency of our Community Organizer in Chief — it spared us from four years of President John McCain, who despite his defeat continues to pander to the left:
Senator John McCain told Iraqis that he 'hopes and believes' that criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of killing Iraqi civilians will be reinstated.
When in doubt, Americans trying to defend themselves are guilty — right, John Murtha?
PS: Run J.D., run!
On a tip from SK. Hat tip: HotAirPundit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:31 AM
Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from the border bullies.
The explosive growth of Big Government isn't keeping us safe from terrorists, but it is providing ample opportunity for petty tyrants to indulge in petty thuggery. Women should prepare to be handcuffed for not answering key national security inquiries such as "What color panties are you wearing?" as ethnically correct jihadists pass through unmolested.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:38 AM
Breaking news about Panty Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said it had revoked the visa it had given a Nigerian man after his alleged attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day with explosives hidden in his underwear.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Abdulmutallab was stripped of his visa after the attempted attack, as were an unspecified number of others suspected of links to terrorism.
All together now, a collective "whew." Now we can focus the War on That Which Shall Not Be Named Terrorism more on improving airline safety with new regulations and restrictions.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:31 AM
To take the baton from GoY in his first Morning Brief today, there could be more hemorrhaging of bad politicians coming, this time from the "right" side of the aisle. Jim Greer, the un-conservative, very RINO head of the Republican party in Florida, has resigned, rather than be voted out of party office.
The highly unusual ouster of a party chairman during a critical election year - where races for the governor, U.S. Senate and legislative and congressional seats will be on the ballot - also laid bare the internal party strife between the conservatives and moderate factions.
Greer said he was stepping down because it was apparent his conservative critics - who were planning to remove the chairman in a vote this weekend in Orlando - would not relent in their efforts.
Many feel that Greer's resignation will be a considerable blow to the un-conservative, very RINO Gov. Charlie Crist and his run for the United States Senate.
Greer has been under extreme pressure to step down after conservative activists grew angry over his support for Crist over ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R).
The resignation is a win for Rubio's allies. When he steps down Feb. 20, Greer will reportedly be replaced by state Sen. John Thrasher (R), who is officially neutral in the race but who has attended Rubio fundraisers in the past.
Although it is far too early to know whether this move will boost Rubio's chances, it appears to be another dead canary in the stinking GOP coal mine, not unlike the telling New York 23rd District race last November.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 AM
How can trolls live with themselves, knowing that every moment they spend pestering the grownups at conservative sites they are raping the earth by using electricity, thereby inflicting heart-wrenching doom on untold numbers of polar bears? At least headway has been made toward a solution with the Sustail windup mouse:
Designer Ahmet Bektes is proposing using centuries-old technology to provide the power for a familiar modern device. Rather than drawing energy from a computer or batteries, a user will need to remove a key from below the Sustail mouse and wind it up before being able to use it. It is hoped that the Bluetooth-connected input device would also encourage users to take regular breaks and have a more responsible attitude towards power consumption.
Now all we need is a PC that winds up, as well as a whole Internet that winds up, and liberals can participate in the computer age without being hypocrites. No doubt the Professor from Gilligan's Island is working on these eco-challenges now.
On a tip from Air2air, who anticipates troll comments:
1. Where is the instruction manual?
2. Will the key also charge my Prius?
3. Will my C02 output increase while I wind it?
4. That is such a good color.
5. You Repugs would just pooh-pooh such innovation.
6. If everyone had one of these, over (insert wildcard number) lives would be saved per year.
7. But I need my other hand for (insert gross activity) while trolling on MB.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:05 AM
This is the precise set of circumstances that has driven California and New York over the fiscal cliff: the state creates armies of public employees, with better pay and benefits than private sector workers, gold-plated pensions while driving private enterprise out of business with taxes and regulation. This situation is unsustainable, only an idiot would fail to see it. Unfortunately, the idiots are currently in power, and instead of fixing the problem, they are making it worse by raising taxes, expanding government, and punishing business with new health care and environmental mandates.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:24 AM
Once again, MSDNC host Keith "Vinegar and Water" Olbermann has inserted himself once again into the cervix uteri of public discourse and unleashed a torrent of rage and derangement. This time, he claims that the real terrorists in the world are those who oppose the Government takeover of health care:
"Because they die individually of disease and not disaster, Neil Boortz and those who ape him in office and out, approve their deaths, all 45,000 of them - a year - in America. Remind me again, who are the terrorists?"
So, there you have it. People who believe that the free market can provide better health care than the Government are terrorists, but the people who tried to blow up Flight 253 were just CIA operative trying to embarrass Chris Matthews's boyfriend. (Whackjob radio host Mike Malloy shares that belief.)
Olby really believes that Government bureaucrats are willing to kill people for domestic political objectives, but he still wants them in charge of health care. That is approximately 55,000 times nuttier than anything Glenn Beck has ever said.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:56 AM
Brit Hume isn't the only person feeling the catty sting of left-wing hissy fits for his public pronouncement of faith. University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow has also wadded the panties of progressive lefties for being open about his faith in Jesus Christ. Lefty Puffington Host blogger Mark Axelrod was typical:
What I find rather disturbing is that he has to bring that religious faith onto the playing field as a way of testifying to it, as a way of letting people know just how deeply religious he is.
The left finds testimonies of Christian faith "disturbing." If Tebow were openly gay and flaunted his sexuality on the field, no doubt he would be celebrated by the media. It's a sad state of affairs when personal sexual practices are to be flaunted openly, but spiritual beliefs are supposed to be kept in the closet. Secular lefties will spout that religion is supposed to be private and personal. Call me a prude, but I think the way you use your wedding tackle should be way more private and personal than who you pray to.
Focus on the Family is rumored to be considering putting Tebow into a pro-life television ad. If that happens, we can expect Tebow to become as vilified as Sarah Palin.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:39 AM
Guess who President Growthehellup blames for Al Qaeda expanding its operations in Yemen? Did you guess George W. Bush and the United States? Good, you've been paying attention.
(Obama:) "Make no mistake, we will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."
It is an article of faith on the left that resistance to terrorism only breeds more terrorism. Therefore, you have to appease and accommodate terrorists, because surely, once terrorists realize that killing civilians and bombing airplanes helps advance their objectives, they will cease these activites. Or so the moonbat rationale goes.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:17 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Parasites,
Here's your Demonrats deserting the sinking ship for today: Senator Christopher "Waitress Sandwich" Dodd ... not seeking re-election. Senator Byron Dorgan ... not seeking re-election. Governor Bill Ritter... not seeking re-election. Also, unpopular Obama-clone Massachusetts Governor "Coupe" Deval Patrick may be dropping out.
Deadmeat Dodd's drop-out is actually good news for the Demonrats, because they now have a pretty good chance of holding that seat. But the fact that so many Demonrats are dropping out (Those above plus Dennis Moore, Brian Baird, and John Tanner), switching parties (Parker Griffith), or deciding not to run (Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry, Kansas Demonrat Laura Kelly) is not a sign that the Demonrat Party is optimistic about the 2010 elections. One Democrat operative claims to be "scared to death of the tsunami that is almost certainly coming."
Sidenote: I'm not as bullish on Republican prospects as some others. Yes, one-party Democrat rule has so far been a catastrophe, and the public has a sense that a balance of power needs to be restored. But the Republicans have yet to make a compelling case that returning them to power would be a great improvement on the status quo. If they have a credible plan for reducing the deficit and restraining predatory government, I haven't seen it.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:16 AM
Here's an open video letter to Democrat politicians. If you can keep your food down for the first minute or so, it ends up being a rather inspirational rally cry.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
January 5, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 PM
There are grown adults who thought it would be a good idea to elect this megalomaniacal moonbat clown. Already all but the most willfully obtuse have been disabused of the notion.
On a tip from Conan. Hat tip: Obama's Gaffes, Lies, Broken Promises & Exaggerations.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 PM
The hypocrisy of our moonbat rulers is so massive, we had better hope it never collapses in on itself, because it might create a black hole big enough to suck in the whole universe. Here's Dingy Harry Reid denouncing the practice of packing managers amendments with bribes — which is exactly how he managed to shove the ObamaCare abomination through the cesspool that serves us as a Senate:
On a tip from Milton.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 PM
It's hard to believe at this point, but Comrade Obama was actually right once. During the campaign, he said it was a lousy idea to finance further federal intrusion into the healthcare industry by looting Medicare and taxing health benefits. However, ObamaCare does both:
On a tip from Michelle H.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:12 PM
The French-looking Sen. John Kerry seems perennially incapable of winning friends and influencing people. His latest attempt was a request for a visit to Iran on taxpayer expense (a request which, btw, the office of the Vietnam veteran Kerry will not confirm). In response, Swiftboat Johnny has been formally whacked upon with many shoes in effigy by Iran's Foreign Relations Committee.
The request came in the midst of a bloody government crackdown on anti-regime demonstrators and as Iran defied the Obama administration's year-end deadline to accept a compromise agreement over its nuclear program.
"Iran-U.S. relations are not under such conditions that could produce results through a number of non-targeted meetings and talks," Iranian official Kazzem Jalali told Fars [Iranian news agency].
Another official said Iran "has no plans" to negotiate with any U.S. official unless the United States "changes its policies."
Frenchy has had a tough year, what with the IRS putting a lien on his 2004 campaign last June and being reminded once again, through the inauguration of the non-French-looking B. Hussein Obama, that he just didn't have that je ne sais quois one needed to beat President Bush.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:50 PM
Essentially, you have two of the left's most prominent media figures alleging that the CIA was willing to kill 300 people for the sake of embarrassing the president.
But, remember, Glenn Beck is a madman for pointing out that Van Jones is a radical communist, Anita Dunn praised Mao in a graduation speech, and Mark Lloyd supports Venezuelan style government control of radio.
While we're on the subject of leftist idiocy vis-a-vis the panty bomber...
Lefties have been opining that terrorist attacks are no big deal, and we should just learn to live with them. I heard a blathering idiot on Hannity's (godawful but I was stuck in traffic) Radio Show proclaim that even if the terrorists brought down a planeload of people every week, it would be no big deal because cardiovascular disease kills more people.
Hannity... who cannot argue his way out of a paper bag ... simply said that the caller was being cold and callous toward the victims. True, he was. Lefties don't really give a damn when other people die, unless they're politicians or celebrities. But that's not why the idiot caller... and all the lefties who agree with him (you too, Matt Yglesias) ... are stupid and wrongheaded about this.
First of all, cardiovascular disease (along with other diseases, car crashes, and other events lefties like to point out kill more people than terrorism) has a component I have control over: I can watch my diet, exercise, and take medication to reduce my risk. There is another component I have no control over... genetics... and it would be futile to attempt to change it.
Terrorism is different because it is an action that requires the intervention of others to prevent. Terrorists must be killed, caught, or discouraged from engaging in terrorism. This can only be accomplished through aggressive counter-terrorism.
The other factor the left does not factor in ... because lefties are notoriously near-sighted about consequences... is that Global Jihad has an innate capacity to escalate. It is only a matter of time before jihadists have access to weapons of mass destruction; nuclear, chemical, and biological. The advance of technology, the availability of funding, and the willingness of states like Iran to fund terrorist groups makes it all but inevitable; particularly in an environment where the US Administration is fecklessly treating terrorism like mafia crime, instead of a fanatical movement bent on the destruction of non-Islamic civilization.
If Matt Yglesias and Hannity's idiot are nonchalant about 300 lives snuffed out in an airplane bombing, would they be just as nonchalant about losing a city? How about losing a school a la Beslan? Maybe they wouldn't care about losing a school. After all, kids don't count as human beings until they've been "socialized," according to Obama's Health Care czar. But they'd lose a lot of coffee shops and upscale dining establishments if Manhattan were nuked or doused in Anthrax. That might bother them a little bit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:31 PM
According to liberals, once we had a president too moonbatty to stand up for American interests, everyone would love us and cooperate. As always, liberals were wrong:
On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world conceded Monday they had not cracked down.
The United States demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty.
"Everything is the same. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon … at international airports in Lebanon, Syria and Libya, all on the list, there were no visible changes in screening. And several European governments, including Germany, France and Spain, said they were still studying the rules before tightening security any further than the steps they took after the failed Christmas attack.
In fairness to our foreign friends (and enemies), would you let this clown tell you how to run your airport?
Hat tip: Cristy Li.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:37 PM
If our Democrat rulers thought they were acting in the country's best interests, they wouldn't be in such a hurry to rush through unpopular legislation before anyone can stop them:
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses. …
Democratic aides said the final compromise talks would essentially be a three-way negotiation involving top Democrats in the House and Senate and the White House, a structure that gives unusual latitude to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
As for the bipartisanship we were promised:
The issue is so partisan that only one Republican, Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao of Louisiana, has cast a vote in favor of the legislation.
A footnote: Cao represents an almost entirely Democrat district in the Big Sleazy. He was elected by accident, because few of his constituents were bright enough to realize that the Democrat primary wasn't the actual election. Cao squeaked past William Jefferson, the scumbag who diverted Katrina rescue operations for nefarious purposes and who had been caught with $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer.
Bypassing a formal conference committee enables Democrats to omit time-consuming procedural steps in the Senate and prevents Republicans from trying to delay the final negotiations.
There is a reason our system allows the minority party to slow down legislation: so that if radicals temporarily find themselves in control of the government, they don't exploit the opportunity to ram through extreme legislation that will cripple the country. What we are seeing is the methodical dismantling of such safeguards as our republic degenerates into a socialist oligarchy.
On a tip from Ianto.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:36 AM
Under Nurse Bloomberg, New York City has outlawed transfats and all but outlawed cigarettes as public health hazards. But, the moonbat NYC government is distributing a pamphlet to instruct addicts on proper heroin use.
Within each of the 10 broad tips, the brochure presents several "simple but valuable" related ideas for users about how to lessen potential problems when injecting drugs.
One suggestion reads, "Use with someone else. If you're alone and something goes wrong, no one can help."
Another says, "Use a new syringe, cooker, cotton, tie, and other supplies every time." Plus, "Warm your body (jump up and down) to show your veins." Along with, "Find the vein before you try to inject."
That's the progressive, secular, compassionate moonbat left for you. Smokers and people who enjoy tasty food are to be punished and stigmatized. But hard drug users are to be facilitated and supported.
Of course, the difference might be that smack is used by artists, musicians, and models ... the people revered by the celebrity-obsessed moonbat left. Whereas smoking, drinking, and the enjoyment of tasty food are working class indulgences. As always, some animals remain more equal than others.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:40 AM
The decay has reached the point that merely being a Christian around a rapist is regarded as a human rights violation:
An atheist rapist has complained that his human rights were breached by having to share a prison cell with a Christian inmate.
Barman Steven Relf, 40, was jailed indefinitely after admitting raping two women he targeted when he served them drinks in a pub.
Police branded him a "sexual predator" and said he could have had as many as 40 victims. …
A source said Relf was "furious" at having to share at Manchester Prison with the Christian convict and wanted him to be "evicted". …
The other inmate was later transferred.
There was a time when Christianity was seen as an avenue of redemption for criminals. Now it's an ideological crime from which atheist rapists must be protected.
Maybe the moonbat authorities should have left the Christian in with the rapist, in hopes the rapist would convert him to self-indulgent nihilistic atheism, the official state religion.
On tips from Frank W and Chad.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:32 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:28 AM
Already the post-Panty Bomber hightened airline security seems to have saved us from a potential terrorist catastrophe in the person of Joan Rivers:
Rivers, 76, was deemed a danger to national security and booted from a Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica on Sunday by a jittery Continental Airlines gate agent who found the two names on her passport fishy.
Her passport reads: Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers. Rosenberg was her late husband's last name.
The "nasty and cruel" Continental gate agent bumped Rivers from the last flight out Sunday and the comedian found herself alone (her daughter, Melissa, flew out to Los Angeles earlier in the day) and with no ATM card and just $100 cash, she said.
Apparently, "AKA" is a common Islamic surname, so the heroic Continental gate agent was simply applying profiling. Can't you just see Joan Rivers standing up mid-flight (can't stand during that last hour, of course), shouting Allahu Akbar!, and igniting the plastique cleverly molded into her facial make-up along her upper cheeks and jaw-line?
Maybe Janet Napolitano and the TSA could learn a lesson or two from the alert Continental Airlines staff.
Hat tip: Mark Steyn.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:27 AM
David "Bottomtooth" Brooks, the New York Waste of Times alleged token Republican columnist, laments that Tea-Party Patriots are more influential than his elite school chums:
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should "go our own way" has risen sharply.
A year ago, the Obama supporters were the passionate ones. Now the tea party brigades have all the intensity.
Considering that it was Brooks's "Educated Class" that ran the banks and ran the Federal regulatory agencies that produced the economic disaster of the subprime mortgage real estate bubble, I don't see what's supposed to be so damn impressive about an Ivy League degree; aside from the cost.
Let's remember why Mr. So-Much-Smarter-Than-Those-Rubes-in-the-Heartland decided to support an inexperienced, far left, half-term senator as his choice for president.
"I remember distinctly an image of-we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant, and I'm thinking, a) he's going to be president and b) he'll be a very good president."
In this peasant's opinion, worshiping Obama because of his pants crease makes Brooks even dumber than those who fell on their knees because of his cromulent Teleprompter-Reading skills.
Iowahawk memorably nailed this elitist stuffed shirt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 AM
It's almost impossible to overstate the economic devastation that would be wrought by Tax & Charade, should it follow healthcare nationalization through the Senate for Comrade Obama's eager signature. Not only would it represent by far the largest tax hike in history — at a time the economy couldn't possibly withstand it — but it would effectively drive whole industries overseas, pushing our unemployment rate to levels not seen since the Great Depression, which uncoincidentally was the last time left-wing Democrats had such unchallenged power.
But it wouldn't be a disaster for everyone. Those who are properly positioned in the corrupt establishment stand to profit handsomely from everyone else's misery. Prominent examples are Al Gore and GE (owner of NBC). Another example is supposedly conservative Condoleezza Rice:
Condoleezza Rice is on the board of directors for a new energy company hoping to take advantage of cap-and-trade legislation.
The former secretary of state, who has been teaching political science at Stanford University since the end of the Bush administration, is taking a leading role in a start-up straight out of the university known for its technological prowess. The stealth start-up, called C3, is hoping to make carbon cap-and-trade systems for businesses, according to TechCrunch.
Rice isn't the only politically connected player on the board. C3 also counts former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham.
Abraham also served under W, and prior to that represented Michigan in the Senate as a Republican.
The company is the brainchild of Thomas Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems, which was bought by Cisco in 2005 for $5.7 billion. Siebel is no political slouch himself — he took a lead role in introducing vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to California. …
Of course, the company's future viability depends on whether Congress adopts a cap-and-trade system, which the Obama administration has been pushing for.
The Obama administration… and others who stand to profit by throwing literally millions out of work and relegating the US economy to second-rate status in the name of a discredited hoax.
If anyone could be more pernicious and contemptible than the liberals currently dismantling our country, it's the perfidious pseudoconservatives who loot and profiteer along with them while sailing under a false flag.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
The freak show that passes for our government has gotten even freakier with the appointment of Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department:
A 2004 YWCA "Woman on the Move," Simpson recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
At Raytheon, Simpson … transitioned from male to female and was instrumental in convincing the military contractor to add gender identity and expression to its equal employment opportunity policy.
Simpson is not a woman, but a man who dresses like a woman. It can be assumed that he will use his ascension in the federal bureaucracy to continue to advance systemic bias against people who aren't perverts. Gushes Mr. Simpson:
I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at the same time, as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.
The good news is that even when nearly all jobs are government jobs, it will still be possible for white guys to get hired. They'll just have to show up for the interview in a dress.
On tips from Conan and Matt L.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:41 AM
Florida Rep. Alan "Dick" Grayson (D-MoveOn) has become the leading intellectual voice of the House Progressive Caucus by comparing the American Health Care system to the Nazi Holocaust and by declaring that Republicans want people to die. Now, he is expanding his repertoire by imitating Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" character from back in the day when SNL wasn't a weekly suckfest.
Grayson, during an appearance on MSNBC (of course), blasted the former Republican vice president for
having attackedcriticizing President Barack Obama's handling of defending the U.S. from terrorist attacks. Cheney's attacks, Grayson argued, were only a tactic to gin up sales for his memoir, which is expected to be released this year.
"I wonder who's doing the introduction to his book?" Grayson said. "Maybe it's Mephistopheles; maybe it's ... Satan!"
Isn't that special?
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:00 AM
"Where does the Constitution give Congress the authority to mandate that people buy health insurance?" A simple question asked by a CNS News reporter of several of our U.S. Senators, some of whom helped to ram ObamaCare through just in time for Christmas. Let's see what some of them said:
Besides being manifestly ignorant regarding the very Constitution that they swore an oath to uphold, there is a clear theme from the Democrat senators: the authority is there in the Constitution, we'll be damned if it isn't, and even if it isn't, it doesn't matter because the Supreme Court will create it. The Republicans, if they didn't fare much better on the details, were at least convinced that there was likely no such authority allowing the government to compel citizens to purchase health insurance or be penalized through taxation (or worse).
The unconstitutionality of just this one aspect of ObamaCare (especially regarding the often misinterpreted Commerce Clause) is explained in more detail here. In more concise terms, the affront to our liberty is so obvious that even Obama and the Democrats should understand:
If Congress can compel the purchase of insurance from a for profit insurance company, it can compel the purchase of any commodity if there is an arguable public policy to support it. The auto industry is collapsing? Forget Cash for Clunkers, just order Americans to buy cars or tax them if they don't. Obesity crisis? Order Americans to join health clubs, or tax them if they don't. If Congress gets away with this, there is no stopping point and Big Business will have succeeded in making Americans into involuntary consumers whenever it so chooses.
Oh wait, Maybe Obama and the Democrats DO understand.
1. the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic, political, and related controls in the state at the cost of individual liberty.
On a tip from the Mark Levin Show last night.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:07 AM
Iconic Leftist Douchebag Keith Olbermann continues to wow his tiny audience with his nonpareil combination of ignorance and arrogance, this time comparing Brit Hume to a jihadist for daring to discuss his Christian faith in public.
Isn't this the classic thing that your mother probably also pointed out to you about never discussing religion in public? You can discuss religion in public. Its like this that you're not supposed to do it. This crosses that principle. Keep religious advocacy out of public life since the worst examples of that are Jihadists--not to mention guys who don't know their own religions or someone else's religion like Brit Hume.
So, according to Noted Theologian Keith Olbermann, Christians are never supposed to discuss our faith in public. Matthew 5:15 says otherwise. I guess those religion courses at Cornell Cow College never covered that, huh?
And because I forgot earlier, Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Left-Wing Olbermann-Slobbering Lefty Douchebags.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:57 AM
The lovely and delightful (We ate pizza together once in Olympia) Sondra K finds a quote from a typical coastal hippie lefty douche, to remind us how the 20% or so of Americans who define themselves as "liberal" really think:
Terrorism, scarorism. Wanna know what kills more Americans every year than Muslim Fundamentalists have in 300? Workplace deaths. Every year 5,000 Americans die in the course of working their job. 5,000. Every year. Perspective folks.
I guess now we know why the Obama Administration is destroying so many jobs; working is more dangerous than terrorism.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:37 AM
Left liberal blogger Matt Yglesias is aghast that 58% (70% according to Rasmussen) of Americans would rather pour water on a terrorist's nose for thirty seconds than see hundreds of innocent people blown up. Leftist liberals, of course, see it the other way around.
Sounds to me like another dim liberal defining torture as "any discomfort a terrorist complains about." Sorry, Matt, but rough interrogation is not torture. Torture is when you inflict brutal, disfiguring injuries for the sake of retaliation or punishment. Subjecting someone to temporary physical discomfort with the objective of saving the lives of innocent people is only torture in the minds of preening, sanctimonious twits who don't care how many other people die, as long as they can feel smug.
And contrary to what the idiot "terrorism is a law enforcement issue" left purport, the purpose of harsh interrogation is not to get evidence to convict a terrorist at trial. It's to save innocent lives... something the sanctimonious left doesn't really give a damn about.
January 4, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:45 PM
The vote fraud specialists at ACORN have their work cut out for them if Democrats are going to avoid a reckoning in November:
Actually, a lot of us never trusted them to begin with. But by now, no one does except brainwashed zombies and spittle-spewing moonbats — who still constitute a minority, despite the best efforts of the media and education establishments.
On a tip from Henry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:33 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 PM
No wonder liberals worship the Goracle. He can do anything: invent the Internet, inspire Love Story, win the popular vote yet still lose the election, establish a religion with legions of pious Prius-driving adherents… he's even an accomplished hand at poetry — and comedy. Here he delights the audience at iOwnTheWorld TV:
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:35 PM
The Media and Blogging Divisions of the Democrat party have gone nuclear on political pollster Scott Rasmussen, surprise surprise:
Democrats and liberal bloggers are on the attack. Their target: Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen. Multiple blogs charge that Rasmussen's surveys are flawed at best and biased at worst. Eric Boehlert from Media Matters calls Rasmussen Reports the "GOP's favorite polling firm," saying it, "seems to have a patent on asking really dumb -- and misleading -- polling questions designed solely to generate dubious 'buzz.'"
One blogger at Examiner.com writes Rasmussen polls are the most unreliable, intellectually dishonest and completely worthless.
Presumably, they prefer as more representative polls by the likes of CBS, NBC or CNN, who notoriously tweak the percentages of respondents to strongly favor Democrats over Republicans, and whose questions are crafted to be, to borrow a phrase, intellectually dishonest and completely worthless.
Of course, Rasmussen Reports was one of the first to track Barack Obama narrowing the gap with Hillary Clinton in the election. What's more:
After the election, a progressive Web site said Rasmussen had the third-highest mark for accuracy in predicting the outcome of the 2008 presidential primaries. And his last general election poll came within tenths of a point of the final result.
Speaking of Rasmussen, here is a look at the latest Obama Approval Index:
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:40 PM
This explanation of the Panty Bomber terrorist attack on Flight 253 should even be comprehensible by Janet "The System Worked" Napolitano.
Courtesy of Uncle Jay Explains the News.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:10 PM
It may seem that if they could pass off FDR as a great president, Hitler as a conservative, the Tet Offensive as a grand victory for communism, and Barack Obama as qualified to run the country, there is absolutely no lie too preposterous for our liberal elite ruling class to ram down our throats. But even NBC ought to realize that it's time to pull the plug on the global warming hoax. They can't even totally suppress the ClimateGate emails that reveal the "crisis" as deliberate fraud; how are they going to hide this:
When Britain woke up on the first day of the New Year it was met with freezing cold temperatures, feet of snow in places and the promise of travel chaos. And now, three days into 2010, forecasters have warned to expect continued snowfall for the next 10 days…
A series of weekend avalanches in the Swiss Alps killed at least five people, including a rescue doctor swept up while searching for a group of buried skiers. …heavy snowfall in recent days have prompted officials to warn of a heightened avalanche risk in the Swiss Alps.
Freezing weather gripped large parts of the United States early this morning - with no relief in sight for the rest of the week. Wind chill took the temperatures in Minneapolis, Minnesota, down to -17C. While the upper Midwest is used to frigid weather, the sunshine state Florida is also suffering freezing temperatures. … Along with the dangerously cold temperatures, residents in Montana are braced for blizzard conditions with snowfall of 12 to 20 inches possible across parts of the state. … In the Northeast, the Weather Service warned that a large storm off the New England coast would continue to bring heavy snow to much of central New York state.
Snow storms today have caused chaos in China's capital of Beijing, grinding aeroplanes to a halt and causing severe traffic delays. Around 90 per cent of all flights were either delayed or cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. … The snow shows no sign of stopping, however, and temperatures are expected to drop to -16C in Beijing on Monday and Tuesday, causing more problems for those attempting to returning to work after a three-day New Year holiday.
Not a country usually associated with snow, India has experienced severe problems since Saturday when snowfall and a dense blanket of fog began to cause chaos. More than 30 people died in cold-weather related incidents in Northern India over the past 24 hours, with 10 of those losing their lives in train accidents caused by the fog. … Meanwhile, 24 homeless people have also died in the Uttar Pradesh state since Saturday due to the severe drop in temperature. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir were all hit with heavy snow, while Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi also recorded snowfall over the past 24 hours.
Russia saw temperature lows of a chilling -20C in Moscow today.
The snow caused more problems with flights in Germany, with one jet veering off the runway at Dortmund airport in western Germany.
While they are much more accustomed to dealing with snow, even native Austrians were struggling to cope with the freezing lows of -8C at night and -3C during the day.
Let me guess: the earth is getting chills from having a fever.
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not forever when it comes to lying about the weather. Our rulers should have stuck with the Coming Ice Age scare they were hyping in the 70s.
On tips from Edward and Lee.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:39 AM
What do unrepentant communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn have in common with Code Pink founder Jodie Evans — besides being closely linked to the Community Activist in the White House? They've all been in Egypt agitating on behalf of Hamas terrorists:
Top President Barack Obama funder Jodie Evans and her terrorist sympathizing group Code Pink have provoked a violent crisis in Egypt over an attempt to deliver "humanitarian aid" to Hamas-run Gaza to mark the one-year anniversary of Israel's response to repeated provocations by Hamas terrorists. Evans was joined in Cairo by Obama pals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn, both former terrorists with the Weather Underground.
This is the milieu that produced the people now running our government.
On tips from Wiggins and AnonymoUS. Hat tip: Jawa Report.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:05 AM
2009 produced a bumper crop of moonbattery. Right Wing News lists the top 40 craziest quotes, including these gems:
But it is really not easy to make fun of the Obamas, because they're really — they're kind of really perfect, aren't they?
…the total mindless, morally bankrupt, knee-jerk, fascistic hatred — without which Michelle Malkin would just be a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.
Now, people when I say that look at me and say, "What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?" The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you.
I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American.
Do you remember tea baggers? It was just so much easier when we could just call them racists. I just don't know why we can't call them racists, or functionally retarded adults. The functionally retarded adults, the racists — with their cries of, "I want my country back." You know what they're really saying is, "I want my white guy back." They apparently had no problem at all for the last eight years of habeas corpus being suspended, the Constitution being [expletive] on, illegal surveillance, lied to on a war or two, two stolen elections — yes, the John Kerry one was stolen too.
Frankly, if there is repression in Cuba we didn't see it.
—Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill. In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement. But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases. And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn't help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.
Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is, "We are above that now. We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something." I mean, in a way, Obama's standing above the country, above — above the world. He's sort of God.
—Evan Thomas, Newsweek
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.
The recent shootings at Ft. Hood … demonstrate how even our military officers are opposed to US strategy in Afghanistan.
My resolution for 2010: not to bother trying to reason with moonbats. As these quotes make clear, there isn't any point.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:42 AM
Just because you don't often hear about it on the news doesn't mean people aren't paying a heavy price for the rise of eco-totalitarianism. A prime example is Peter Spencer of Australia, who is fighting back with a hunger strike:
Mr Spencer, who is chained to a wind tower more than 20m above ground, claims the government declared his property in Shannons Flat, north of Cooma, a carbon sink without offering any compensation.
He says the move has left him unable to earn a living because he cannot clear land and redevelop the farm, and he is demanding a personal meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to discuss the issue.
Responded a spokestyrant for Rudd:
The Government sets policy in the national interest. This policy will not be changed by threats of violence or self-harm.
No one sane enough to be walking around without a straitjacket believes that it serves any national interest for Australia's moonbat rulers to drive farmers into bankruptcy by preventing them from using their own land. People are finally waking up and getting mad:
Protesters cheered Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce and heckled Liberal senator Bill Heffernan as they rallied yesterday outside Parliament House in support of a farmer who has not eaten for more than a month.
Peter Spencer, of Shannons Flat near Cooma, was yesterday on the 43rd day of his hunger strike, aiming to highlight NSW laws that prevent him from clearing vegetation on his land.
Mr Spencer's cause has drawn together many elements of the climate sceptics network, mobilised via blogs, and renewed tensions between the Liberal and National parties as the coalition seeks to unite under Tony Abbott's leadership after a year of infighting.
Senator Heffernan, a member of the Howard government when the land-use laws were introduced a decade ago to help meet emissions reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol, has criticised Mr Spencer's supporters for not doing more to end his hunger strike.
''I think it's barbaric, that we're all sitting around here wondering how long the bloke is going to last up the tree before he dies. I think they absolutely this afternoon should go and get him, and take him to hospital,'' Senator Heffernan said.
He said the land-clearing regulations were flawed but that not all land was suitable for farming.
''I'm used to being booed down,'' he said afterwards. ''People sometimes don't like to hear what they need to hear.''
In contrast, Senator Joyce was cheered by more than 200 demonstrators who waved placards and Eureka flags.
''The Australian people are starting to say we've had enough of being signed up to these agreements,'' Senator Joyce said, ''where you get the kudos, or the happy clapping in Bali or some conference, but the bill goes home to the working families, the bill goes home to the family farm.''
Conservatives who have the guts to denounce the global warming power grab will be rewarded at the ballot box. Fools and scoundrels who play along with it will be driven out of conservative parties, or those parties will rightfully shrivel and die.
JoNova has plenty more on Peter Spencer and the resistance he has galvanized.
On a tip from Jim M.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:17 AM
We already knew that being a government employee was just about the best way to rake in the big bucks during the recession. But for some federal employees, it just isn't enough. Take, for example, Robert F. Bernstock, who is paid by you and me $232,500 a year as president of the shipping and mailing division of the U.S. Postal Service. If he didn't already have enough work to do with the failing postal system, he managed to find time to moonlight as well:
Mr. Bernstock took home more than $270,000 in cash and other compensation combined in fiscal 2008 by serving on the corporate boards for weight-loss giant Nutrisystem Inc. and Pantry Inc., which runs the Kangaroo Express convenience store chain, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Postal officials agreed to let Mr. Bernstock retain his paid outside corporate positions even as he works full time for the Postal Service under a special condition of his June 2008 hiring. In addition, the Postal Service further boosted Mr. Bernstock's finances by awarding him an $85,000 hiring bonus in fiscal 2008 and an $85,000 retention bonus for fiscal 2009, according to a recent postal regulatory filing.
In his full-time role as president of mailing and shipping, Mr. Bernstock oversees a division that produces more than $70 billion in revenue. But watchdog groups question whether the outside corporate demands could distract Mr. Bernstock as he tries to help turn around the Postal Service, which is losing billions of dollars and is considering cutting a day of mail delivery to save money.
Of two minds here: if a guy or a gal can make a buck, then great. If you feel you need to offer bonuses to keep good people working in government, then fine - if they're worth it. But mix this with the epic government FAIL that is the USPS and it stinks to high heaven. That Mr. Bernstock was hired during the Bush administration is no excuse for continued bad policies.
Once again, we see that the This Just Doesn't Look Good division of the Obama Administration is still awaiting some key appointments. Maybe Mr. Bernstock could apply for that position on the side, as well.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:36 AM
There's nothing like a jolt of incandescent rage to get you up and running again after taking time off for Christmas and New Years. If you're off to a slow start today, have a look at the literally cartoonish propaganda being financed with your money by the insufferably condescending statists at NPR, who turn their haughty liberal elite disdain against those peasants gauche enough to protest the federal government's seizure of the healthcare industry (click the pic and wait for it to load):
Hat tip: Reaganite Republican. On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:16 AM
"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."
Shortly thereafter, there was an uptick in the stock price of Victoria's Secret in anticipation that millions of lefties would soon be needing to purchase un-wadded panties.
Jay Bookman at the Atlanta Urinal & Constipation blathers:
Kinda makes you wonder why God allowed that darned Buddhist to win so many golf tournaments over good Christian men. Then again, He also allowed a Muslim to be elected president of HIS country, the United States of Christian America.
It's hard to even know where to start with something like this. How many high-profile Christians have had damaging sex scandals of late? Why is Buddhism deemed inadequate for those with family problems? Why is a senior political analyst for a so-called "news" network proselytizing, on the air, during one of the network's "news" programs?
Andrew "Milky Loads" Sullivan comes out of the rest area men's room long enough to simper:
[I]t has long been established that non-evangelical Christians have at best an auxiliary role in today's religiously defined GOP, and the slow morphing of Fox News into the 700 Club is not exactly new.
It would appear to me that Brit Hume was speaking out of compassion and experience; he turned to Christ after a suicide in his family in 1998. But the left never sees love or compassion when Christians profess faith, they see only "proselytizing." What does the secular left expect Christians to do about our faith? Are we supposed to pretend ours is no better than anyone else's? Doesn't that diminish the rationale for even being a Christian? No, what the left expects is that if one practices Christianity, one ought least have the decency to be ashamed of it.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:00 AM
You would think that since the jihadists who plotted the bombing of Flight 253 had been released from Club Gitmo two years earlier, the administration might reconsider its policy of repatriating Gitmo detainees to terror states. You would be wrong:
On Fox News Sunday, top White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration "absolutely" intends to keep sending Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen. The administration has sent seven detainees to the country, Brennan said, with six of those sent in December. "Several of those detainees were put into Yemeni custody right away," Brennan said. He did not elaborate on how many is "several" or where the other Guantanamo inmates sent to Yemen might be today.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Brennan explained that, "Of the recent batch that we sent back, about six, many of them are in custody within the Yemeni system right now." He did not elaborate on the meaning of "many."
So, the Yemenis are only releasing some of the detainees who get sent back there. That's wonderful! Don't you feel safer now?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:31 AM
High in the Andes mountains, four years of record cold have killed of hundreds of impoverished, mountain-dwelling, Quecha-speaking Indians, including 250 children on a cold snap last July.
To the ridiculously deranged Cult of ManBearPig, this is just more proof of "Global Warming."
The few hundred people who live here are hardened to poverty and months of sub-zero temperatures during the long winter. But, for the fourth year running, the cold came early. First their animals and now their children are dying and in such escalating numbers that many fear that life in the village may be rapidly approaching an end. In a world growing ever hotter, Huancavelica is an anomaly.
But the only place the world is getting "hotter" is in the flawed climate models and cherry-picked data of the Global Warming Socialists. Real temperatures, worldwide, have been declining since the turn of the century. Airstrip One is experiencing its coldest winter in a generation.
Call me cynical, but shouldn't "Global Warming" mean the globe is getting warmer? Oh, wait, I forgot, "Global Warming" has been rebranded as "Climate Change." And now, we all have to sacrifice our lifestyles in order to prevent "Climate Change." While we're at it, why don't we try to stop Continental Drift, since our activities have just about as much influence on plate tectonics as they do on the solar and oceanic cycles that actually govern the Earth's climate.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:35 AM
Just how to deal with a problem like the Panty Bomber? There is bold, fresh logic behind the strategy articulated by John O. Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism
President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser on Sunday defended the administration's decision to try in federal court the man charged with attempting to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day and indicated that he would be offered a plea agreement to persuade him to reveal what he knows about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with the failed attempt on the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight, was initially "talking to people who detained him" but now has a public defender and "doesn't have to," John O. Brennan said on "Fox News Sunday."
"We have different ways of obtaining information from individuals" in the criminal-justice process, Brennan said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "A lot of people . . . understand what they're facing, and their lawyers recognize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements, [and] we're going to pursue that." Brennan told CNN's "State of the Union" that other terrorism suspects have "given us very valuable information as they've gone through the plea-agreement process."
If you plan to deal with international terrorism targeted against the USA by fanatical suicidal Islamic jihadists as simply a law enforcement issue, well then, this is surely the way to go about it. The logic of plea-bargaining with someone who nearly blew his nads off to attack the Great Satan is, however, a bit of a stretch. Of course, the missed opportunities for militarty-style interrogation were not lost on Administration critics:
Much of the criticism Sunday, however, centered on the decision to try him in civilian court rather than hold him as a military prisoner. "If we had treated this Christmas Day bomber as a terrorist, he would have immediately been interrogated military-style, rather than given the rights of an American and lawyers," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said on CNN. "We probably lost valuable information."
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said it was a "very serious mistake" to send Abdulmutallab to federal court.
Brennan also discussed the closing of the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa this weekend. It was...
...in response to what Brennan said was a "live threat" by al-Qaeda." "There are indications that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is targeting our embassy and targeting our personnel," he said.
Now, there's a nice way of telegraphing to our enemies that America is too weak to protect its own embassies overseas. In a matter of one day's worth of Sunday talk shows, the Obama Administration has succeeded in not only revealing its entrenchment in the September 10th mindset (regardless of what Dear Leader Obama says), but also its profound ignorance of the real enemy that it rarely acknowledges we face.
On a tip from Penelope.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM
I'm not going to comment on this, I'm just going to report it. The Chinese have built a shopping mall with a special parking lot for women drivers.
Official Wang Zheng told AFP news agency the car park was meant to cater to women's "strong sense of colour and different sense of distance**". The parking bays are one metre (3ft) wider than normal spaces, he said.
I ain't sayin' nothin'.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:25 AM
His solution may be overstated, and could be easily negated by Islamists employing older, younger, or female terror bombers. But it cuts to the heart of why current airport security inconveniences travelers while providing only an illusion of security. Our TSA is focused on making sure bad things don't get on aircraft instead of making sure bad people don't get on aircraft. They measure success by how many toothpaste tubes, water bottles, and nail clippers they confiscate. But when a Muslim radical boards an aircraft after US Intelligence was alerted to him by his own father and tries to blow up the plane, they declare proudly that "the system worked." Then, they order airlines to turn off in-flight entertainment systems and keep everyone confined to their seats in the last hour of every flight.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:59 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Scuds,
As an experiment, I am breaking up the morning briefs into short posts to make them easier to comment on. Let me know if this works better, or if you like it the old way better. Thanks,
You have heard already about WaPo columnist David Broder gushing over Janet Napolitano.
The Obama Cabinet is filled with talents, but many of the stars are of an age or temperament unlikely to turn them into successor candidates. Napolitano will face many substantive tests -- not just in dealing with terrorism but in playing an important role in immigration reform -- before she is a candidate for anything. But her potential is almost unlimited.
You read it right, Broder thinks Madame "The System Worked" Napolitano is presidential material. There are two possible explanations for this. 1. Napolitano has pictures of Broder "vacationing" in Bangkok with two young boys and a well-trained Shetland Pony. Or, 2. Broder is a Democrat hack who shills for Obama regardless of the situation.
Meanwhile, the panty bomber is awarded full Constitutional protections by the Obama regime and will not be subject to harsh interrogation techniques. Instead, they are going to try to persuade him into giving information by offering him a deal. I guess this is the Obama Administration's "smarter" approach to terrorism. Be soft on the terrorists, but crack down hard on the bloggers that reveal your stupid policies.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:50 AM
Just when you thought it was safe to buy more of Al Gore's carbon offset credits, Adolf Hitler is back with some insights into the conspiracy revealed by the hacking of CRU emails:
Courtesy of FederalJack.com
January 3, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:11 PM
As Big Government goes in for the kill on the healthcare industry, here's how things have been working out for the part of it that has already been nationalized:
The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of [January 1] at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little. …
Obama in June cited the nonprofit Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for offering "the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm." Mayo's move to drop Medicare patients may be copied by family doctors, some of whom have stopped accepting new patients from the program, said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a telephone interview…
"Many physicians have said, 'I simply cannot afford to keep taking care of Medicare patients,'" said Heim, a family doctor who practices in Laurinburg, North Carolina. "If you truly know your business costs and you are losing money, it doesn't make sense to do more of it."
The Mayo organization had 3,700 staff physicians and scientists and treated 526,000 patients in 2008. It lost $840 million last year on Medicare, the government's health program for the disabled and those 65 and older, Mayo spokeswoman Lynn Closway said.
GM and Chrysler don't have to make profits anymore, why should hospitals? The idea is to provide cushy positions for Comrade Obama's union friends, not to operate efficiently.
Nationwide, doctors made about 20 percent less for treating Medicare patients than they did caring for privately insured patients in 2007, a payment gap that has remained stable during the last decade, according to a March report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a panel that advises Congress on Medicare issues. Congress last week postponed for two months a 21.5 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements for doctors.
But of course when all healthcare is under federal micromanagement, doctors will have no choice to accept whatever pay the petty tyrants in Washington deign to offer them. However, liberals still haven't solved the problem of people having a choice on whether they become doctors in the first place.
On a tip from RK.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:50 AM
The attempted Christmas Day bombing finally shamed our liberal rulers into a crackdown — not on Islamic terror, of course, but on bloggers who discuss it.
As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.
TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public.
Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about three hours and again on Wednesday morning when he was forced to hand over his lap top computer. Frischling said the agents threatened to interfere with his contract to write a blog for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn't cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo.
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda operatives plan their next attack, secure in the knowledge that our current regime is far too busy posturing and chasing its tail to take any effective defensive measures on behalf of a populace it openly despises.
On a tip from AnonymoUS. Hat tip: Capitol Hill.
January 2, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM
Not even solar power is inefficient enough for the environazis who dictate our energy policy to permit its use. Just as windmills have been suppressed in the name of put-upon ground squirrels, a massive solar panel project is being held up on the grounds it might inconvenience a handful of reptiles.
On a strip of California's Mojave Desert, two dozen rare tortoises could stand in the way of a sprawling solar-energy complex in a case that highlights mounting tensions between wilderness conservation and the nation's quest for cleaner power.
Oakland, Calif.-based BrightSource Energy has been pushing for more than two years for permission to erect 400,000 mirrors on the site to gather the sun's energy. It could become the first project of its kind on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property, leaving a footprint for others to follow on vast stretches of public land across the West.
The construction would come with a cost: Government scientists have concluded that more than 6 square miles of habitat for the federally threatened desert tortoise would be permanently lost. …
BrightSource President John Woolard warned in government filings released this month that heavy-handed regulation could kill the proposal. He did not mention the tortoises directly but referred to "unbounded and extreme" requirements being placed on the company.
If not for the sacred tortoises, the site would be perfect. There's even a golf club nearby.
The site has virtually unbroken sunshine most of the year, and is near transmission lines that can carry the power to consumers.
In November, federal and state biologists reviewing the plan proposed that the company catch and move the tortoises and preserve 12,000 acres elsewhere, a proposal that could cost BrightSource an estimated $25 million.
Not good enough for the ecofascists of the Sierra Club, who want the whole project moved somewhere else, where they will no doubt find another pretext to prevent it from going forward.
The Cap & Trade bill endorsed by Chairman Zero that has already passed Congress would launch energy costs through the stratosphere, throwing millions out of work. But that won't be enough for the insane and antihuman environmental movement, which will not rest until we are denied any energy at all.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:44 PM
Despite Al Gore's "consensus," scientists can't agree that warmer weather would be a problem; that the weather's getting any warmer; that if it is getting warmer, this is caused by C02; or that man's contribution to the CO2 level is significant. Now it turns out we don't even know if the airborne CO2 fraction is increasing.
Most CO2 does not stay in the atmosphere, but is absorbed by oceans and flora. Computer models proving the polar bears are doomed unless we submit to socialism assume that the fraction of CO2 that remains airborne is increasing. However…
To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed available atmospheric carbon dioxide and emissions data since 1850 and considers the uncertainties in the data.
In contradiction to some recent studies, he finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades.
If our rulers were operating in good faith, they would wait until at least the most basic facts had been sorted out regarding our alleged global warming crisis before attempting to impose poverty and totalitarianism in its name.
On tips from Charles O and Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM
It certainly won't come as news to any informed person that more guns do not mean more crime. But it is news when AP acknowledges the fact.
The number of officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire increased 24 percent from 2008, according to preliminary statistics compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a national nonprofit organization that tracks officer-related deaths.
We know what to expect next: high-pitched demands for the State to confiscate firearms, Second Amendment be damned.
The availability of guns compounds the problem, criminologists say.
Here we go. But wait…
Pennsylvania, the state with the most gun-related officer deaths so far this year, has among the strictest gun laws in the country, according to a ranking by the pro-gun-control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Other states, like Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kentucky, have very little oversight and had few, if any, officer gun deaths this year.
Spokesman for the Officers Memorial Fund Kevin Morison is quoted:
[F]olks who are willing to intentionally target police officers seem to be able to find a way to accrue guns regardless of what the laws in those state would be.
There are certainly more guns in circulation, due to the boom in firearms sales caused by the terrifying takeover of the government by radical leftists. But the FBI confirms that more guns on the street have not meant more crime.
The oft-cited credo that more guns equal more crime is being tested by facts on the ground this year: Even as gun ownership has surged in the US in the past year, violent crime, including murder and robbery, has dropped steeply.
Add to that the fact that many experts had predicted higher crime rates as the US grinds through a difficult recession, and the discrepancy has advocates on both sides of the Second Amendment debate rushing to their ramparts.
After several years of crime rates holding relatively steady, the FBI is reporting that violent crimes — including gun crimes — dropped dramatically in the first six months of 2009, with murder down 10 percent across the US as a whole.
Concurrently, the FBI reports that gun sales - especially of assault-style rifles and handguns, two main targets of gun-control groups - are up at least 12 percent nationally since the election of President Obama, a dramatic run on guns prompted in part by so-far-unwarranted fears that Democrats in Congress and the White House will curtail gun rights and carve apart the Second Amendment.
These fears will not remain unwarranted once Chairman Zero and friends turn their attention from nationalizing our major industries and passing around hundreds of $billions of "stimulus" loot to pacifying a potentially rebellious populace.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:59 AM
A friend alerts me to a poll that the fags at GLSEN have put up after an episode of South Park offended them by using the word "Fags." The poll asks the question, "Do you think it is ever ok to use the word fag, even when referring to someone who is not gay?"
So far, almost 6,000 fags have voted in the poll, and "Yes" is winning by about 67%. I don't think this is the outcome the fags at GLSEN wanted.
I don't know why the agendized elites are always so far behind the times. The use of the word "fag" meaning something other than "flaming queer" was common when I was in high school... which is longer ago than I wish it were. The marching band referred to themselves as "band fags." Kids who took orders at Dominos wore the title "Phone Fag." Even teh ghey kids used it like that.
Also, I think the wording of the poll question is pretty gay.
I have other ideas for GLSEN polls. How about, "Do you think it is ever okay to promote fisting to middle school kids?" Or, "Do teachers have a responsibility to report it to authorities when an underage boy is being molested by a dirty old man he met in a bus station bathroom?"
Seriously though, there is kind of a right-left angle here. The left is all worried about words and symbolism. You can be an absolutely terrible person, but if you mouth the right platitudes and use politically correct speech, you'll still be adored on the left. Michael Moore trumpets his support for the working man, but treats his own employees like dirt according to everyone who has worked with him. Ruth Bader Ginsburg votes for Affirmative Action, but never hired a single African-American to clerk for her when she practiced in a predominately African-American urban area. Bill Maher and Bill Clinton embrace feminism, but treat actual women like disposable Kleenex. The left doesn't care about the bad things these people do, because their professed allegiance to political correctness trumps how they actually behave.
Whereas Rush Limbaugh's radio producer is African-American, and he still gets called a racist. Back in the 1980's, there was a Republican governor of Arizona, Evan Meacham, who was forced out of office because he used an archaic word that the Racial Grievance community found offensive. Later, the woman that cleaned his offices remembered him as a man who was kind to her and always asked about her family when she came in to work. The Democrat woman who succeeded him as Governor never even spoke to her.
We, on the right, are more like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. We don't think the language a person uses, or the jokes a person tells, are nearly as important as his character and how he actually treats those around him.
January 1, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:54 AM
Courtesy of The Washington Times. You be the judge:
On a New Year's Day groggy-kinda tip from AnonymoUS.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:14 AM
The votes are in. Let see how we did.
Celebrity Moonbat of the Decade: Michael Moore. Epitomizing Hollywood Moonbattery by making films attacking free enterprise and extolling the wonders of socialism while living the lifestyle of a Saudi oil tick and treating his own employees like serfs.
Moonbat Blogger of the Decade:Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga of DailyKos. A guy who spits "Screw 'Em" on Americans brutally murdered by terrorists becomes a major force in mainstream Democrat politics and media. Tells you everything you need to know about the values of the American left.
Moonbat Organization of the Decade: The Democratic Party. What is moonbattery? On the political level, it is the embracing of policies that have been shown historically to fail and rejection of policies that have been shown to work. The American Democratic party has made this belief the core of their platform. The very same policies that the progressive left has used to bankrupt states like California and New York and cities like Detroit are now being implemented on a national level. Either they are too stupid to recognize failure, or they are actively working to bring the country down. Which is it is a matter of serious debate.
Note: Pomalom correctly pointed out that the ACLU should have been included in the voting. I apologize for that oversight. That would have made it a close race.
Moonbat "Journalist" of the Decade: Keith Olbermann, by a blowout! Olbie epitomizes what the left wants all journalism to be... one-sided propaganda where opposing views are dismissed with derision and vitriol, presented by an arrogant gasbag who exaggerates his academic credentials. Olbie's arch-nemesis Bill O'Reilly is also a gasbag, but at least he actually debates the opposition on his show.
Moonbat Politician of the Decade (American): B. Hussein Obama. A professional Teleprompter Reader from Parts Unknown, Hussein personifies the beliefs of the moonbat democrat left that ideas that have always failed in the past can be forced on the public if they are championed by a telegenic ethnic minority. Unfortunately, they appear to be right.
Moonbat Politician of the Decade (International): Mahmoud Ahmadinnerjacket. The guy brutally executes homosexuals and wants to "wipe Israel off the map" with a nuclear Holocaust and the left treats him like cuddly Uncle Mo. If Carrie Prejean mated with Mel Gibson and the kid was subsequently adopted by Fred Phelps who hired Pat Buchanan to tutor him, he might grow up to be Mahmoud Ahmadinnerjacket, yet the progressive left loves the guy, progressive Jewish lesbians think he's "cuddly," he was the toast of Columbia U... WTF?
Oh, right, he hates America. That explains everything.
Anti-Moonbat of the Decade: Rush Limbaugh/Talk Radio. It was a very close race between Rush (Get well soon, big guy!) and the Tea Party/9-12 movement. But maybe Rush was the anti-moonbat of the last decade, and the Tea Party/9-12 patriots will be the anti-moonbats of the next.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:58 AM
Urbina said the prosecutors ignored the advice of senior Justice Department officials and built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Urbina said that violated the guards' constitutional rights. He dismissed the government's explanations as "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."
Basically, the Government blew its case because of arrogance and incompetence. But don't worry, they'll handle KSM and the other GITMO terrorists just fine. You betcha.
Many on the left will probably be outraged by this. They shouldn't be, even if they think the guards are guilty. After all, we've been lectured by them for years that dismissing charges against people who are obviously guilty preserves the integrity of the system. Case in point, Bill "Guilty as sin, free as a bird" Ayers.
While anyone hates to see unfortunate civilian casualties in war (anyone except the Islamic Jihadists we are fighting, that is), conservatives are realistic about two things leftists are not. One is that war will often lead to chaotic situations in which civilian deaths occur, but these are not the fault of the soldiers or guards dropped into those situations. Two is that we are fighting an enemy that wants unfortunate civilian deaths to occur in order to weaken our will to fight.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM
New Year's Day is a fit time for those lucky enough not to have to work today to nurse their hangovers in front of a Twilight Zone marathon. Fortunately nothing Rod Serling presents will be as chilling as The Obama Zone:
On a tip from AnonymoUS.